Dassault Rafale: News

18 Jul 2023

Dassault Aviation

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.

16 Jul 2023

Narendra Modi

Rafale-M, Scorpene submarine deals missing from updated India-France document 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's France visit saw the two countries reportedly signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for building three additional Scorpene (Kalvari) class submarines, which was earlier mentioned in the joint India-France document.

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 Aviation

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.

05 Jul 2021


Centre should take cognizance of Rafale deal corruption allegations: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati on Monday said on Twitter that the Centre should take cognizance of the alleged "corruption" in the Rafale deal.

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.

21 May 2021

Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron v/s Rafale fighter jet drag race: Who wins?

It is not every day that one gets to describe a drag race as a David v/s Goliath event.

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.

19 Oct 2018

Russia News

MoD: Jets manufactured by HAL cost more than foreign ones

A recent review of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has revealed that jets manufactured by the state-run defense company cost more than the same jets produced abroad by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

17 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

PM Modi can't face Lok Sabha for 15 minutes: RaGa

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the PM is traveling across the country but he does not have 15 minutes to give a speech in the Lok Sabha.

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.

27 Aug 2017


Reports: IAF pitches for 36 additional Rafale warplanes

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is pitching to purchase an additional 36 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets as a "follow-on" to the first 36 warplanes.