French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) Dassault Rafale two-seater to land in sometimes rainy and very windy conditions at Schleswig-Jagel Airbase during the NTM2014 (Image © Marcel Burger)

Indian Rafale hits storm front once again

In the beginning of this month we at Airheadsfly.com were hopeful the Indian-French deal on the Dassault Rafale would move forward, but it seems that once again the great looking fighter jet hit a storm front.

“The newly-appointed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and a top official of his ministry are determined to block the deal till the ministry’s demands are accepted by the French side,” Indian media including the New Indian Express report on 21 December.

While the Indian Air Force is eager to get its hands on the prime fighter, France is reluctant to meet all Indian demands. India wants to buy just 18 planes directly from Dassault and prefers its indigenous Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to manufacture the other 108 Rafales under license in Bangalore.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) Dassault Rafale two-seater to land in sometimes rainy and very windy conditions at Schleswig-Jagel Airbase during the NTM2014 (Image © Marcel Burger)
Still hanging in mid-air, the French-Indian Rafale deal (Image © Marcel Burger)