Dassault Aviation: News

18 Jul 2023

Dassault Rafale

Why India-France didn't announce Rafale, Scorpene deals in joint statement

Negotiations between India and France regarding the technical and commercial aspects of India's plans to buy 26 Rafale-M jets and three Scorpene-class submarines for the Indian Navy are yet to be completed, reports said.

13 Jul 2023

Narendra Modi

Defence Council green-lights purchase of 26 Rafale jets from France

Amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France, India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Thursday gave its initial approval to the proposal to buy 26 Rafale-M fighter jets for the Indian Navy, Reuters reported.

09 Nov 2021

Dassault Rafale

Rafale deal: BJP, Congress trade words after new bribery report

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday blamed the Opposition Congress for alleged corruption in the procurement of Rafale fighter jets.

Rafale maker paid €7.5 million to middleman between 2007-12: Report

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation paid at least 7.5 million euro (Rs. 60 crore) in bribes to a middleman to help secure the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India, French portal Mediapart reported.

04 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Why's Modi government silent on France's Rafale deal probe: Congress

The Indian National Congress on Sunday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over the French probe into allegations of corruption in the Rs. 59,000-crore Rafale deal.

05 Apr 2021


Dassault paid 1M euros to 'middleman' in Rafale deal: Report

The French anti-corruption agency Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA) has reportedly found that Dassault Aviation paid 1 million euros to a "middleman" after signing the 2016 Rafale deal.

17 Nov 2019


CJI Gogoi retires: Here's a look at his eventful tenure

Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired on Sunday as the Chief Justice of India. Punctuated by a series of landmark judgments, Gogoi's 13-month tenure was as consequential, as it was controversial.

08 Oct 2019


Rajnath Singh receives first Rafale jet in France

On Tuesday, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh received the first of the 36 Rafale jets in France on behalf of the Indian Air Force.

05 May 2019

Narendra Modi

Rahul sends love to Modi after he calls Rajiv "corrupt"

Taking the political discourse in the country to a new low, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told Rahul Gandhi that his father Rajiv was "corrupt number 1" when he died.

09 Jan 2019


Was Rafale-deal stopped for Michel Mama: PM Modi asks Congress

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched an attack on Congress and Gandhi family by mentioning Christian Michel, the middleman of AgustaWestland, and asked if the Rafale deal got delayed because of him.

15 Dec 2018


India and France hold talks on deepening bilateral cooperation

India and France today held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defense, space, and civil nuclear energy sectors.

14 Dec 2018


What happened after what in Rafale deal case: Brief chronology

The Supreme Court today dismissed all the petitions seeking a probe in the decision-making process of controversial Rafale deal and gave the Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets.

24 Nov 2018


#RafaleDeal: French NGO wants probe into Rafale deal, alleges corruption

A French anti-corruption NGO, Sherpa, has filed a complaint with the office of the French National Financial Prosecutor against the French government and Dassault Aviation, alleging corruption in the Rs. 59,000cr Rafale deal signed in September 2016.

13 Nov 2018

Rahul Gandhi

Dassault CEO on Rafale-Deal: We chose Reliance, I don't lie

Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation has rubbished allegations made by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi about the selection of Reliance Defence as an offset partner in the controversial Rafale deal.

02 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

RaGa alleges Dassault Aviation paid Rs.284cr bribe to Reliance Defense

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Dassault Aviation paid Rs. 284 crore to Anil Ambani's Reliance Defense as the "first installment of kickbacks".

15 Oct 2018

Indian Government

Shatrughan Sinha criticizes BJP govt over Rafale deal

Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha criticized the BJP government at the Center over the Rafale deal.

11 Oct 2018


#RafaleDeal: RaGa demands probe against PM, calls him 'corrupt man'

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today demanded an investigation against PM Narendra Modi's role in the Rafale deal, alleging that he is a "corrupt man".

11 Oct 2018


#RafaleDeal: Report says Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, French-company denies

In the ongoing controversy over Rafale Deal signed between India and France, a French media investigative journal Mediapart has found choosing Reliance was 'mandatory' for Dassault, but the company has dismissed the claims.

08 Oct 2018


SC to hear plea challenging Rafale deal on October 10

The Supreme Court will hear a fresh PIL against the Rafale deal on October 10.

07 Oct 2018

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul attacks Ambani over Rafale deal; calls him PM's 'BFF'

Attacking industrialist Anil Ambani, Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday said one can land Rafale deal contracts worth "Rs. 1.3 lakh crore" if he is the PM's "BFF" (best friend forever).

03 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi

Rafale, a good package, will be game-changer for subcontinent: Dhanoa

Amid the raging row over the Rafale fighter jet, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa today clarified that the deal was a "good package" and the aircraft will be a "game-changer" for the subcontinent.

Rafale deal is India's 'largest defense scam', says Prashant Bhushan

Senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan today in Chennai said Rafale deal is the "largest defense scam in India" and urged the Center to initiate a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the matter.

22 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

#RafaleDeal: Rahul fires fresh salvo, says Modi 'betrayed India's soul'

In a fresh attack on the Rafale issue, Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged PM Modi and Anil Ambani jointly carried out a "surgical strike" on the defense forces.

22 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Rafale-deal: Hollande's bombshell catches BJP in crossfire, opposition strengthens attack

Comments of France former President Francois Hollande that Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as its partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale deal has caught the Narendra Modi led Centre in a crossfire, with the opposition demanding his resignation.

18 Sep 2018


SC adjourns hearing on PIL seeking stay on Rafale deal

The Supreme Court adjourned hearing on a plea seeking a stay on the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.

23 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

After no-confidence motion, Congress mulls privilege motion against Sitharaman, Modi

Congress is likely to move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal.

13 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

Rafale Deal: All you need to know about the controversy

In April 2015, when PM Modi had announced the purchase of 36 "ready-to-fly" Rafale jets, the nation rejoiced, but the incessant attacks by the Congress over the new deal has raised some valid concerns.

08 Apr 2018


IAF begins process to buy 110 fighter jets worth $15bn

Indian Air Force (IAF) began the process of buying around 110 fighter jets worth an estimated $15bn. This will be one of the largest orders in recent years.

15 Nov 2017


Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

The Congress party has alleged that a "huge scam is brewing" in the deal to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for $8.7 billion.

06 Aug 2016


Lockheed Martin proposes to shift F-16 production line to India

On Thursday, American defence major Lockheed Martin offered to move its lone F-16 fighter aircraft production-line, Block 70, to India as part of the 'Make in India' program.