Rafale fighter jets to be delivered to India from 2019, says CEO Dassault Aviation

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Amid the massive political row undergoing over Rafale jet deal with France, the Dassault Aviation will deliver the fighter jets to India from 2019 and may see new orders in coming months, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chief Executive Officer, reportedly said ahead of the world’s largest business jet show in Orlando on October 15.

India has signed a deal with Dassault on September 23, 2016 for the transfer of 36 Rafale jets but the deal has since faced huge criticism from opposition parties who allege wrongdoing in defence deal.

CEO Trappier also said that he would increase production of certain models in 2020.

The announcement comes amid a huge political drama with the Congress party spearheading a campaign against central government what it terms as Rafale scam.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has even accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of benefitting Reliance Defence’s Anil Ambani with the said deal.