In the deal for 36 Rafale aircraft signed by the Narendra Modi government with France, India has managed to save Rs.59 crore per aircraft in comparison to the estimated cost of 126 planes, which were being negotiated by the UPA government, reported sources.
A government document prepared by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Air Force this year and accessed by a Nation’s leading news portal shows that the per unit price of Modi’s regime Rafale deal is cheaper than the UPA regime.
It was reported that as per calculation after taking into account the cost of weapons, maintenance, simulators, repair, support and technical assistance is coming out to Rs. 1646 crore while the ones negotiated for by the UPA would have come to Rs 1705 crore.
The document suggests that the cost of the planes under the UPA would have been Rs.255 crore more if the NDA government had settled for the same aircraft that their predecessors had been negotiating for.
The total cost of 36 Rafales’ is Rs.59,262 crore whereas the 126 planes during the UPA time would have cost Rs.1,72,185 crore as per the document. Despite spending Rs.9855 more on the India Specific Enhancements’ in the planes in the deal done by the Modi government, the cost of the planes is coming to Rs. 59 crore less than the UPA price for each aircraft.
The NDA government has been arguing for a long time that its full-fledged deal for 36 Rafales’ is much better than the UPA deal that was withdrawn at the negotiations stage itself in terms of both price, as well as the capability, of the planes. This document settles the debate once and for all.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been making allegations for the past one year that there is a scam in the 36-plane deal done by Modi government and demanding form the government the exact price of the contract with France. But treasury bench of parliament declined the demand and said that to follow defence clause between two (India-France), we are unable to forecast. The same version came from France as they said no one could seal the deal secrets.