‘Make in India’ JV for Rafale jet fighter components kicks off

Irshad Salim — French company Dassault Aviation and its Indian partner Reliance Defense & Aerospace — owned by Anil Ambani group, plan to break ground next month on a joint venture facility for manufacturing Rafale jet fighter components.

A French Air Force Rafale fighter jet takes part in the close air support (CAS) exercise Serpentex 2016 hosted by France in the Mediterranean island of Corsica, at Solenzara air base

The initiative is part of Dassault’s obligations on Make in India commitments under the Rafale deal worth $8.8 billion reached last September for purchase of 36 of the French-made jet fighters. Dassault is also working on additional order for the Indian air force as well as a tender for 57 planes for the navy, its CEO Eric Trappier said in Geneva on Sunday.

Teams from the French company have visited the site at least four times in the past three months to finalize project plans. The groundbreaking is planned in July and we expect the first article to roll out in the first quarter of 2018.

The first group of Indian engineers are currently undergoing training at Dassault facilities in France, he said.

Under the September deal, Dassault is required to manufacture a significant portion of the Rafale aircraft in India.

Named Dassault-Reliance Aerospace Limited, the JV will be used for creating infrastructure at the Mihan (Nagpur) facility, with a ground-breaking ceremony planned for the end of July, reported India’s Economic Times quoting Rajesh K Dhingra, president, Reliance Defense & Aerospace.

Teams from the French company have visited the site at least four times in the past three months to finalize project plans. The groundbreaking is planned in July and we expect the first article to roll out in the first quarter of 2018.

The first group of Indian engineers are currently undergoing training at Dassault facilities in France.

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