Amidst the political controversy over the Rafale deal, the Indian government has made 25 percent payment to the French government for purchasing the Rafale fighter jets. The entire deal is worth Rs 59,000 dollars (Approx). In September 2016, the Indian government signed a government to government deal with the French Government to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France.
The Indian Air Force is expected to get the delivery of the first aircraft by September 2019. Meanwhile, the sources told news agency, ANI that the first batch of four aircraft will be delivered in 2020 fully equipped with weaponry.
The opposition is alleging corruption in the deal. The opposition parties are targeting the government for procuring the aircraft at higher prices as compared to the price of each fighter jet in the proposed deal of the previous UPA government. The Congress is also raising questions over the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 given to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited ignoring Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL).
After coming to power in 2014, the NDA government signed a deal to procure 36 fighter jets in ready to fly condition scrapping the proposed deal of the UPA government to acquire 126 fighter jets, out of which 108 were to be made in India.