Is the Rafale fighter plane really in danger in India?

This morning, the newspaper Le Monde announced that the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation saw " move away any hope of new Rafale order " Indeed, in the context of the double health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian authorities have decided to drastically reduce the acquisition of foreign armaments.

In such a context, the rumors around rapid acquisition of two additional Rafale squadrons seem to be completely unfounded, even if this option seemed already abandoned since last year . According tolatest news from India , however, it is not the government to government agreements that are particularly targeted by the new political announcements, but rather the gigantic MMRCA 2.0 contract which relates to the acquisition of 114 new combat aircraft, and for which the French Rafale is the big favorite. However, even if this invitation to tender was canceled, which is not yet definitively approved, all hope is not lost for a new Rafale contract in India. Quite the contrary.

The first Indian Rafales were officially delivered to the Indian Air Force in October 2019, before a transfer to India planned for early 2020. The Coronavirus epidemic will, however, greatly slow down Rafale deliveries for export.

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