Air Chief Defends Rafale Amid Opp Attack

"In government records, the defence ministry and IAF chief wanted HAL to be involved. IAF chief at that time visited HAL with Dassault and found it (HAL) competent and declared that they have the expertise. I think IAF chief (Dhanoa) is not fine, he is lying, he is suppressing the truth," Moily was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Veerappa Moily, Congress: In govt records, Defence Ministry & IAF Chief wanted HAL to be involved. IAF Chief at tha…

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Moily's remarks follows Congress' allegations that the Modi government had favored Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as Dassault Aviation's offset partner in place of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautical Limited.

The Congress has also alleged irregularities in the deal for 36 aircraft, claiming that the government is buying them from France at a price much higher than the one that was being negotiated by the previous UPA government.

Slamming Moily, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the Congress leader's remarks were not just a personal insult to the Air Force chief but to the nation. He asked Moily to issue a public apology.

>Rafale deal should not be politicised: IAF chiefGiving an example of Bofors deal by Indian Army, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, “Ask the army what happened to them in Bofors. After how much time, they could induct the gun. So, if any equipment is politicized, it has an effect on the procurement process. Politicisation of every security issue adversely effects modernisation of the armed forces.".

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