Made In India Rafael’s?
What could be a major boost to the made in India programme of Honourable Narendra Modi, the Dassault (French) aviation giant who is selling its top end Rafael Fighter jets to Indian Airforce (36 as of now ) is willing to manufacture them in India.
Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said the French company is game for the ‘Make in India’ initiative and open to manufacturing the fighter aircraft in India if the plane is shortlisted for a bigger order.
He said that with the Indian contract going through, the company feels that more international orders of the plane, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, will come in.
“It is 36 at the moment. We feel that we can create a strong industrial partnership in India. We know very well the large number of aircraft that the IAF needs,” Mr Trappier said in an interview to PTI in New Delhi.
He said that Dassault Aviation, manufacturer of the Rafale jets, is committed to the Make in India initiative.
“Yes, of course. We will see how we can carry forward with the ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are open to manufacturing Rafales in India,” Mr Trappier said when asked if the French firm was willing to manufacture the fighter aircraft in India if the plane was shortlisted for a bigger order.