DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Dassault CEO Eric Trappier on Tuesday said he didn’t lie and they chose Ambani by themselves while referring to allegations of corruption in the Reliance-Dassault JV deal.
In an interview to ANI, Trappier said, “We chose Ambani by ourselves. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance. The IAF is supporting the deal because they need the fighter jets for their own defence to be at the top.”
He said, “Price of 36 was exactly the same when you compare with 18 flyaway; 36 is the double of 18; so as far as I was concerned, it should have been double the price. But because it was government to government, there was negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9%.
“Have long experience with the Congress. Our first deal with India in 1953 was during Nehru’s time, later during other PMs. We are not working for any party; we are supplying strategic products to the IAF and Indian government. That’s what is most important.
“When we created the JV last year, decision of creating a JV was part of our agreement in 2012, but we waited for the contract to be signed. We are supposed to put in this company together about 800 cr as 50:50. Shares in the JV are 49% for Dassault and 51% for Reliance.”
Trappier said the first delivery (of Rafale) to the IAF is going to take place next year in September as per the contract. “It is totally in time,” Trappier added. ANI