Friday, January 22, 2021
Home Government and Policy Indian Airforce Deputy Chief calls out Rahul Gandhi's Rafale mumbo jumbo

Indian Airforce Deputy Chief calls out Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale mumbo jumbo

Just a day after Rahul Gandhi promised justice for IAF soldiers and martyrs, most of whom have been victims of crashes in planes bought by previous Congress governments and made by HAL, the Deputy Chief Air Staff has rebutted Rahul Gandhi’s allegations about the Rafale deal. In an exclusive interview with India Today, Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar has cleared the misinformation being spread about the size of offset business that Anil Ambani led Reliance is getting.

Flatly refuting the allegation of Reliance getting offset business worth ₹30,000 crore in the Rafale deal, Nambiar said that IAF has been part of the commercial negotiation for the purchase of MMRCAs, and no single party is getting business of that much amount, not even Dassault. Making a very significant revelation he said, “People are perhaps misinformed. We were a part of the commercial negotiations for Rafale. There is nothing like ₹30,000 crore to any one party. Dassault has to do offsets to a tune of ₹6,500 crore. Not more than that”. Rahul Gandhi has been alleging that ₹30,000 has been “stolen from HAL and given away to a given to a man with no SKILLS in making aircraft”.

It is important to note that the offset obligation of Dassault is ₹6,500 crore, not ₹30,000 as being alleged by the Congress party. Many would perhaps wonder how that is possible since the Rafale deal is around ₹58,000 crore and hence the offset obligation should ideally be ₹29,000 crore. One could ask why IAF deputy chief is saying that it is ₹6,500 crore only? The IAF deputy chief’s statements would mean that the deal with Dassault is worth ₹13,000 crore.

To understand this, we need to know how aeroplanes are purchased. They are not bought as one piece like a car, but the major components are bought separately from respective manufacturers which are fitted into the plane by the manufacturer of the plane. In case of civilian aircraft, separate deals are signed with aircraft makers (Boeing, Airbus etc) and engine makers (GE, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney etc). In the case of fighter jets, the number of components and their supplier is much more, and buyers deal directly with them. Apart from the main airframe, a fighter plane has an engine, weapon systems, missiles, radar systems, electronic warfare systems, evasion systems, ejection seats etc, all of which are made by different companies.

In case of the Rafale deal, there are four main suppliers, Dassault, Safran which makes the engine, Thales which makes several electrical, electronic systems and sensors, and MBDA which will supply missiles. The jets will carry advance missiles like Meteor and Scalp, and cutting-edge RBE 2 AESA radar. That’s why Dassault’s share in the deal is ₹13,000 crore, as the rest amount will be paid to other component and weapon suppliers. It this, the Thales deal is around $2 billion, and they have their own offset obligation of $1 billion, or around ₹7,250 crores. The Rafale will also have several Israeli components, including the Litening pod.

All these companies will have to fulfil their offset obligations. Thales has formed a joint venture with Reliance Defence, while the company already have a JV with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Safran has a Joint venture with HAL to make parts for the engine. Apart from the JV with Reliance, Dassault has signed agreements with several companies including BEL, L&T, Mahindra etc. Therefore it is clear that Reliance can’t get ₹30,000 from the deal as Rahul Gandhi alleges. That is more than the approximate figure Dassault and Thales is receiving in total, which whom Reliance Defence has JVs. Reliance has already said that its share in the offset is ₹6,600. According to IAF sources, the share of DRDO in offset is highest.

The Air Marshal also added that India has got a better price, better maintenance terms, better delivery schedule, and a better performance logistics package in the deal to buy 36 fighter jets.

This assertion by Indian Air Force proves that Rahul Gandhi is spreading nothing but lies about the Rafale deal, which is being busted on a regular basis.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

India sends Covid-19 vaccines to all neighbouring countries except Pakistan, China steps in to aid Pakistan with free Chinese vaccine

India has not sent any vaccines to Pakistan, and there are no reports suggesting that Indian govt will send any vaccine to them

Microsoft files a patent to bring back dead loved ones as ‘chatbots’ from their digital data

Microsoft has reportedly filed a patent that would allow it to built a chatbot mirroring human beings based on their digital data.

Temples under attack in Andhra Pradesh: Hindus must be granted autonomy and the chance to defend themselves from external attacks

The recent series of temple vandalism incidents across Andhra Pradesh have left Hindus all over the country horrified and shaken.

‘Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him’: How Lee Kuan Yew brought an end to pilots’ protest in Singapore Airlines

In 1980, the Singapore International Airlines(SIA) and its pilots' union SIAPA was engaged in a bitter dispute over the demand of salary hikes.

‘F**k Biden’: Twitter suspends prominent Antifa accounts after left-wing mobs continue their rampage following Biden’s inauguration

Twitter has suspended prominent Antifa accounts following a spell of rioting on the occasion of Joe Biden's inauguration as president.

Roasting Raghuram Rajan, talking about economic upswing, forced conversion to Islam and Christianity: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala bursts ‘liberal’ bubble

The big bull Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was uninhibited his in his freewheeling interview with The Print founder Shekhar Gupta

Recently Popular

Rajdeep Sardesai ‘baffled’ by India Today survey that shows Modi govt winning a sweeping majority if elections held today: Details

Taking to Twitter, Sardesai said that he was 'baffled' to see that despite the economic hardships resulted by the pandemic, Indians still love the Modi government.

Arnab vs Navika: Arnab responds to Navika’s emotional monologue, says he carried his shoes with him

Recently, Navika Kumar said that when Arnab left Time Now, she had his shoes to fill. However, Arnab gives a befitting reply.

Pakistan ‘successfully’ test-fires missile injuring people, destroying houses in civil area, say Baloch leaders

Contrary to claims of Pakistani Army's successful tests of Shaheen-III Missile, several reports coming from Pakistan suggests that the test carried out by Pakistan was a massive failure as the missile landed in a civilian area in Balochistan destroying several houses and injuring civilians

#BanSportsTak: Netizens angry after India Today owned sports channel claims Virat Kohli suffers from ‘disorder’

"It is a disorder for a captain to (be as aggressive as Virat Kohli). It might be acceptable for a player to have this aggression (but nor for a captain)," the journalist claimed.

Left-wing fury at Vir Sanghvi shows just how much ‘liberals’ hate Hindus

Vir Sanghvi published a column about the ‘shameful persecution’ of Munawar Faruqui and the ‘bogus controversy’ around Tandav

Reuters’ ‘First Dogs’ video after Trump leaves White House is quite racist, especially towards India and Japan

Reuters could have used literally any other clip of Trump while speaking about dogs in White House
- Advertisement -

 

‘Money earned in drug sale was used to finance anti-India activities’: NCB busts Dawood Ibrahim aide’s drug factory

The arrested Chiku Pathan is said to be a close aide fo Dawood Ibrahim. He is one of the biggest drug lords of Mumbai and manufactures Mephedrone from multiple factories.

India sends Covid-19 vaccines to all neighbouring countries except Pakistan, China steps in to aid Pakistan with free Chinese vaccine

India has not sent any vaccines to Pakistan, and there are no reports suggesting that Indian govt will send any vaccine to them

Delhi police books DSGMC president and Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa for embezzlement of Gurdwara funds

A Delhi court had called allegations against Manjinder Singh Sirsa "serious in nature" while ordering probe in November 2020

80% of meat supplied is halal: Meat traders call SDMC’s move to display whether they are selling Halal or Jhatka meat ‘unwarranted’

Yesterday SDMC passed order mandating eatries and meat shops to display whether they are selling Halal or Jhatka meat

Microsoft files a patent to bring back dead loved ones as ‘chatbots’ from their digital data

Microsoft has reportedly filed a patent that would allow it to built a chatbot mirroring human beings based on their digital data.

Temples under attack in Andhra Pradesh: Hindus must be granted autonomy and the chance to defend themselves from external attacks

The recent series of temple vandalism incidents across Andhra Pradesh have left Hindus all over the country horrified and shaken.

‘Traitorous angels became fake gods, corrupting humans through idols,’ miscreants drop condoms, posters with Christian message in temple hundi

The incident took place just days after used condoms and fake currency notes were found in the hundis of 3 other temples

#BanSportsTak: Netizens angry after India Today owned sports channel claims Virat Kohli suffers from ‘disorder’

"It is a disorder for a captain to (be as aggressive as Virat Kohli). It might be acceptable for a player to have this aggression (but nor for a captain)," the journalist claimed.

Maha Congress protests against Arnab Goswami over ‘ChatGate’, raises ‘Joote Maaro’ slogan while hitting his poster with shoes

The Congress party on Monday took to the streets of Mumbai in huge numbers to protest against Arnab Goswami.

‘Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him’: How Lee Kuan Yew brought an end to pilots’ protest in Singapore Airlines

In 1980, the Singapore International Airlines(SIA) and its pilots' union SIAPA was engaged in a bitter dispute over the demand of salary hikes.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,900SubscribersSubscribe