[So, now it is officially confirmed that the mandatory CCS approval before
a Defence purchase came only post facto, a short 16 months after the
decision (having been made abd announced by the "Chowkidar" himself).
On top of that, each aircraft allegedly costs Rs. 351 cr. more as compared
to the ones purchased by Egypt and Qatar around the same time.
Not only that, transfer of technology goes out of the window and the
"offset" clause is revised in favour of the Reliance, with its owner very
much in tow, at the cost of the public sector HAL.
And, as recently as on the 17th of last November, the Defence Minister, and
no less, in a specially convened press conference to refute the charge of
corruption and collusion with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence Limited at
the cost of the public sector HAL, had committed to share "all the figures".
(Ref.: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0qKRCG0IPM> and <
https://scroll.in/video/867754/watch-sitharaman-in-2017-saying-difference-between-congress-and-nda-on-rafale-is-transparency
>.)
There was no rider, just none, on "national security" or "contractual
obligation" or whatever to justify the subsequeant somersault.

《The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had cleared the Rs 58,000 crore
Rafale deal in August, 2016, nearly 16 months after the announcement of its
procurement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to
France in April 2015, according to details provided by the government in
Parliament today.
...
On many occasions, the Congress had asked the government whether the CCS
clearance was taken before the PM announced about the procurement of the
jets during his visit to Paris in April 2015. Last week, quoting from the
annual report of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the fighter aircraft, the
Congress said while 36 Rafale jets were sold to India at 7.5 billion Euros
in 2016, 48 jets were sold to Qatar and Egypt at 7.9 billion Euros in 2015.
According to the Congress, this amounted to Rs 1,670.70 crore per aircraft
to India and Rs 1,319.80 crore to Egypt as well as Qatar. There was a
difference of Rs 351 crore for each aircraft, the party claimed. The
government has been refusing to give an item-wise cost and other details
about the deal in Parliament citing confidentiality provisions of a 2008
Indo-France pact.》

Also look Up: 'Rafale Deal: Cong accuses Modi of promoting crony capitalism
by helping Anil Ambani' at <
http://www.catchnews.com/politics-news/rafale-deal-cong-accuses-modi-of-promoting-crony-capitalism-by-helping-anil-ambani-89209.html>,
'Modi Should Explain How Rafale Deal Went From '95% Complete' To Zero In
Two Weeks' at <
https://thewire.in/armed-forces/rafale-deal-modi-must-use-opportunity-clear-air-transparent>
and 'The Scam of Rafale Deal and Jatley's Bogey of "National Security" as
the Fig Leaf' at <
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/greenyouth/rwuOy51sPrE/7JoCBAHZAwAJ;context-place=topic/greenyouth/SzZh-eeOwgE
>.]

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ccs-approval-for-rafale-given-16-months-after-the-announcement-in-france-5095330/

CCS approval for Rafale given 16 months after the announcement in France:
Govt
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said the cost of each Rafale
aircraft is approximately Rs 670 crore but did not give details of prices
of associated equipment, weapons and services. A similar response was given
by him in November 2016 on the cost of each jet.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 12, 2018 7:57 pm

File photo: Rafale jet fighters prepare to land on France’s flagship
Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Tuesday, Jan. 12,
2016. AP/PTI (Representational image)

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The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had cleared the Rs 58,000 crore
Rafale deal in August, 2016, nearly 16 months after the announcement of its
procurement was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to
France in April 2015, according to details provided by the government in
Parliament today.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said the cost of each Rafale
aircraft is approximately Rs 670 crore but did not give details of prices
of associated equipment, weapons and services. A similar response was given
by him in November 2016 on the cost of each jet.

“The inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for procurement of 36 Rafale
aircraft with the French government was accorded approval by the Cabinet
Committee on Security (CCS) on August 24, 2016 and signed on December 23,
2016,” Bhamre said in a reply in the Rajya Sabha.

The minister’s written response came to a question by Congress MP Vivek
Tankha who specifically asked whether the CCS approval was sought at the
time of announcement of the deal in France. A joint statement issued on
April 10, 2015 after Modi’s talks with the then French President François
Hollande had said India conveyed to the government of France that in view
of the critical operational necessity for multirole combat aircraft for the
Indian Air Force, Government of India would like to acquire 36 Rafale jets
in fly-away condition as quickly as possible.

“The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter- Governmental Agreement for
supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by
Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway,” the statement
said.

It also said associated systems and weapons would be delivered on the same
configuration as had been tested and approved by the Indian Air Force, and
with a longer maintenance responsibility by France. The Congress has been
demanding details of the deal including cost of equipment and weapons,
alleging that the deal negotiated under its rule was much cheaper than the
contract signed by the Modi government.

On many occasions, the Congress had asked the government whether the CCS
clearance was taken before the PM announced about the procurement of the
jets during his visit to Paris in April 2015. Last week, quoting from the
annual report of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the fighter aircraft, the
Congress said while 36 Rafale jets were sold to India at 7.5 billion Euros
in 2016, 48 jets were sold to Qatar and Egypt at 7.9 billion Euros in 2015.

According to the Congress, this amounted to Rs 1,670.70 crore per aircraft
to India and Rs 1,319.80 crore to Egypt as well as Qatar. There was a
difference of Rs 351 crore for each aircraft, the party claimed. The
government has been refusing to give an item-wise cost and other details
about the deal in Parliament citing confidentiality provisions of a 2008
Indo-France pact.

Bhamre also said it was not correct to say that there was an “upward price
escalation” in the deal, insisting that no price was finalised during
negotiations for the original proposal to procure 126 Rafale jets by the
UPA regime. He said this to a question on why there has been an escalation
of prices from Rs 526 crore per jet as negotiated by the previous
government against the cost of Rs 1,570 crore per Rafale jet.

“It had not been possible to finalise the terms and conditions for
acquiring 126 aircraft even after protracted process from the period of
issue of Request for Proposal in 2007 to unsuccessful commercial
negotiations up to 2014,” said Bhamre.

He was asked whether it is a fact that the previous government had
negotiated a USD 10.2 billion deal for the 126 jets whereas the current
regime finalised purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft for USD 8.7 billion without
the provision of transfer of technology. The then UPA government had
floated a tender in 2007 for purchase of 126 medium multi-role combat
aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force and post negotiations, Dassault
Aviation’s Rafale and EADS’s Eurofighter Typhoon remained in the reckoning.
However, the deal could not be finalised by the UPA regime.

“As such, the terms and conditions between the earlier exercise to procure
126 aircraft and procurement of 36 Rafale in direct fly-away condition
including cost per aircraft cannot be compared,” said Bhamre. He said
acquiring transfer of technology for only 36 aircraft would not have been
cost effective.

Asked whether it is a fact that a joint venture agreement regarding Rafale
jet was signed between Dassault Aviation and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd was
subsequently annulled, Bhamre said “no”. He said due to inability of the
(previous) government to conclude the contract, there was no such agreement
between Dassault Aviation and the HAL.


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