Congress critisises Rafale deal

Published on May 23, 2015 21:13:13 PM

Former Defence Minister A K Antony on saturday raised several questions over the Rafale fighter jet deal, wondering whether the Finance Ministry and Defence Acquisition Council were taken on board while clinching the agreement with France.

He also said that several opposition leaders and top BJP brass like Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh had opposed the purchase of the French fighter jets during the UPA regime, finding fault on different counts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to France last month had signed an agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition for over 6 billion U S Dollars.

Antony said that the Finance Ministry had not supported the Rafale deal when he was Defence Minister as a new concept of L-1 was introduced to arrive at the best aircraft available based on the life cycle cost of the machine