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Dassault CEO says in talks with India about more Rafale jets

A logo of Dassault Aviation is pictured on their booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

TOULON, France (Reuters) - The chief executive of Dassault Aviation on Tuesday said the company was still in discussions with India over the possible purchase of additional twin-engine Rafale fighter jets, on top of the 36 ones India ordered in 2016.

Eric Trappier told Reuters that a separate tender by India for a single-engine fighter jet was independent of the Rafale order and would not impact the negotiations.

“These are different projects,” Trappier said on the sidelines of a defence forum in the southern French city of Toulon. “We’re talking about additional jets. Nothing is decided, but we’re not going to stop at 36.”

Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; Editing by Richard Lough and Ingrid Melander