इंडियन आवाज़     17 Jan 2019 09:59:59      انڈین آواز

Sitharaman defends purchase of only 36 Rafale jets, says infra didn’t allow for more

Nirmala Sithraman during release of a book on achivements


Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that government bought only 36 Rafale jets as back-end infra didn’t allow for more.

“Government chose to procure 36 Rafale jets instead of 126 as was negotiated by the previous government because infrastructure and other technical requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) do not allow for greater induction”, Sitharaman said in an iterview to Indian Express.

“Every time you induct one squadron, there is a requirement for a lot of other paraphernalia. Given a set of parameters, if you quickly want to induct, two is the ideal.” Sitharaman said that “because in ready, flyway condition, that is all you can induct”. She also said that it wasn’t the first time such a deal had been done.

Asked why she didn’t make the price of the deal public as she said she would during a press conference, Sitharaman said she meant only the basic price of the aircraft (Rs 6.7 billion) which had been mentioned in Parliament.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her ministry have been under attack from the opposition parties, led by the Congress party, over the Rafale deal. The BJP government has been questioned on why it reduced the number of Rafale jets to be procured from the earlier 126, which was negotiated by the UPA government, to now 36. The price of the deal has also become a subject of much debate after the Centre refused to divulge the full-fledged details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Saina Nehwal, Parupalli & Kidambi enter second round of Malaysia Masters

Indian shuttlers, Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth entered the second ro ...

Delhi dominates in judo win 12 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze at KIYG

AMN Delhi judokas have proved to be a cut above the rest by winning 12 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals at ...

Punjab, Goa in the Semi finals of Boys U-21 Football at KIYG

HSB / Pune Trailing 0-1 till the 56th Minute Punjab staged a fine recovery to down Goa 2-1 but both the teams ...



Major buildings in India go blue as part of UNICEF’s campaign on World Children’s Day

Our Correspondent / New Delhi Several monuments across India turned blue today Nov 20 – the World Children ...

US school students discuss ways to gun control

             Students  discuss strategies on legislation, communities, schools, and mental health and ...


Noted Film actor Kader Khan passes away in Canada

Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna's "Daag" and has featured in over 300 fil ...

Mortal remains of Mrinal Sen cremated in Kolkata

    Mortal remains of Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen, the last of the triumvirate of directi ...


@Powered By: Logicsart