PARIS, (BM) – Journalists note that the French side decided to postpone supplies against the backdrop of the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several french media.
The delivery of Rafale aircraft from France to India under the contract concluded in September 2016 will be postponed. Information is reported by the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, citing its own sources.
Journalists note that the French side decided to postpone deliveries amid the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection.
The newspapers reports that at the moment in France the work of the production line of the aircraft company Dassault Aviation is completely suspended, one of whose enterprises is assembling fighters for the Indian Air Force.
As we reported on March 16 the delivery of the first four Rafale fighters to India, scheduled for May, may be delayed.
New Delhi expected Paris to respond when it plans to fly, but there was indications that the coronavirus spread situation may change these plans.
In September 2016, India ordered 36 Rafale fighters from France. The contract price also includes arms deliveries, maintenance and training of flight personnel, the source said.
The second batch of aircraft was supposed to be delivered by February 2021, and the final batch was to be delivered before April 2022.
The Indian Aviation Research Center said that the transfer of supplies will not have a significant impact on updating the Indian Air Force fleet.
France is the second most affected country in Europe with reported cases of coronavirus cases of 2284 people and deaths reach 55. In several cities in France, including Bordeaux, which is near Merignac, where Rafale’s production line is located, positive coronavirus cases have been reported.
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