Rafale deal "highest priority" in India FY14 budget: air force chief
BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's agreement to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) is of the "highest priority" in India's budget for the upcoming financial year that begins in April, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said on Thursday.
India picked the Rafale jet for exclusive negotiations over a year ago after a hotly contested bidding war with rival manufacturers, but is still to finalise the $10 billion deal.
The deal would not be signed during a visit of French President Francois Hollande to India next week, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Anurag Kotoky; Writing by Henry Foy; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
Trending On Reuters
India has formally adopted inflation targeting, a historic monetary policy overhaul that marks a victory for Reserve Bank of India Governor Raguram Rajan, as the government makes subduing chronically volatile prices a priority. Full Article | Factbox