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IAF, govt had no role in Rafale deal, Dassault selected partner: Dhanoa

The IAF chief added the Rafale was good aircraft and that it would be a game-changer when it comes to subcontinent

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Amid the raging row over the Rafale fighter jet, chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Wednesday said the deal was a "good package" and the aircraft will be a "game-changer" for the subcontinent.

Aviation selected the offset partner and the government and had no role in it, he told reporters.

"Rafale is a good aircraft. It will be game-changer when it comes to the subcontinent," he said at a press conference.

"We have got a good package, got a lot of advantages in Rafale deal," the air chief said.

The opposition led by the Congress has been accusing the government of benefitting Anil Ambani's Ltd from the The BJP has dismissed all the allegations as false.

The Rafale controversy took a new turn last month after Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given "no choice" on selection of the Indian partner for The Indian government proposed the name of Reliance as offset partner for the French aerospace giant, he said.

Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.

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First Published: Wed, October 03 2018. 13:12 IST