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ndia selected the Rafale to enter exclusive negotiations for a potential 126-plane order in late January, beating the competing Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo: Reuters (Reuters)
ndia selected the Rafale to enter exclusive negotiations for a potential 126-plane order in late January, beating the competing Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo: Reuters
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Dassault ‘optimistic’ on Rafale talks with India

Dassault chief says he is “optimistic” on talks of $15 billion Rafale fighter contract with India

Paris: Talks between French plane-maker Dassault Aviation SA and India over a $15 billion Rafale fighter contract are continuing, Dassault’s chief executive said, adding he was “relatively optimistic".

India selected the Rafale to enter exclusive negotiations for a potential 126-plane order in late January, beating the competing Eurofighter Typhoon and lifting hopes for a sale that would boost French pride and restore the luster of its aviation industry.

“We are deep in talks at the moment. It’s a complicated country, the negotiations are tough, but there is a desire to wrap up on both sides," CEO Charles Edelstenne told a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.

“I’m relatively optimistic."

Edelstenne also said growing public speculation over a change at the top for subsidiary Thales—which he described as an “eventual change in governance"—was having an impact on talks with clients and making them more difficult.

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