Dassault Aviation clarified Choice of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group was that of Dassault Aviation and NOT that of Government of India. The offset obligations are as per DPP-2016 and Make In India Policy of GoI.
Shailesh Kumar, National Defence,
New Delhi, 22 September 2018
Post Ex President Hollande’s disclosure on choosing Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as offset partner, Dassault Aviation clarifies that contract with Reliance group was the choice of Dassault Aviation. The statement issued from Saint Cloud, France further claries that contract signed in 2016 for 36 Rafale aircraft is in compliance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 regulations and in accordance with Make In India. The statement apparantly issued to clear out the doubts on the role of Indian Government deciding offset partner in Rafale Deal.
“This offsets contract is delivered in compliance with the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 regulations. In this framework, and in accordance with the policy of Make in India, Dassault Aviation has decided to make a partnership with India’s Reliance Group”.
“This is Dassault Aviation’s choice, as CEO Eric Trappier had explained in an interview published in MINT newspaper on April 17, 2018. This partnership has led to the creation of the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL) joint-venture in February 2017”.
“Dassault Aviation and Reliance have built a plant in Nagpur for manufacturing parts for Falcon and Rafale aircraft. The Nagpur site was chosen because of the availability of land with direct access to an airport runway, an essential condition of aeronautic activities”.
Indian Government on Friday also tweeted a statement saying “It is reiterated that neither GoI nor French Government had any say in the commercial decision”
Dassault Aviation (DA) says this contract is a government-to-government agreement. The contract provides for a separate contract in which Dassault Aviation commits to make compensation investments (offsets) in India worth 50% of the value of the purchase.
“Other partnerships have been signed with other companies such as BTSL, DEFSYS, Kinetic, Mahindra, Maini, SAMTEL,… Other negotiations are ongoing with a hundred-odd other potential partners”.
Dassault Aviation is very proud that the Indian authorities have selected the Rafale fighter.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.