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1n Sigh!!! Yet another #Rafale thread, restating what I have Ad Nauseam. N Ram's piece in the Hindu is very well written, but absolutely NOTHING NEW and a regurgitation of old tropes. 1 the "non recurring costs" are a fixed block. They remain the same if thehindu.com/news/national/…
2n you buy 36, 126 or 226, R&D + integration costs being platform neutral. As for the report Ram cites to quote having "exclusive" access to them in 2018 thehindu.com/news/national/… I had reported about it far greater detail 2 years before in 2016 livemint.com/Opinion/YwaJdB…
3n curiously, the same NH piece everyone was citing 3 days back ttps://www.nationalheraldindia.com/investigation/french-order-for-rafale-suggests-modi-govt-paid-a-lot-more-for-a-lot-less only proves the point. The same way that the Qatari repeat order for Rafale was cheaper than
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Information made available to The Hindu shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to buy 36 #Rafale instead of 126 shot the price of each jet up by 41% | @nramind thehindu.com/news/national/…
Here's how and why: In 2007, the price per 'bare bones' Rafale jet quoted by Dassault was €79.3 million, and by 2011, escalation of costs had taken it to €100.85 million
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On April 10, 2015, PM Modi announced a decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of 126. And in 2016, a 9% discount brought the price per aircraft down to €91.75 million.
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THREAD - THE REAL RAFALE STORY - There is a need to revisit some details about India’s effort to buy Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft since beginning to know how CONGRESS Party compromised the nation and was a backburner to the arms dealers. Please read the subsequent tweets:
After the Kargil war, to strengthen the depleting squadrons of the Indian Air Force, the original proposal to buy MMRCA was first initiated during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA govt but they were moved out of power.
Year-2005: A policy change [OFFSET POLICY] was brought in by the UPA Govt. by which it was mandatory for foreign firms bagging defense contracts in India valued at Rs 300 crore and above to bring back 30% of the contract value into India for procuring goods or services.
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As #NirmalaSitharaman continues to claim that the current deal is better than the Congress-negotiated 126-aircraft deal, a reminder of why that's not saying much, and what all this govt is not explaining about the 36-aircraft #RafaleDeal it signed /1
The govt own technical experts objected to various aspects of #Rafale and explained that it was no better than the 126 MMRCA deal; the technical experts did not think that the delivery and maintenance specs were any better than the earlier deal /2

caravanmagazine.in/government/raf…
The technical experts noted that the cost of the India-specific enhancements was too high-- the cost for the earlier deal was spread over 126 aircraft, here it was obviously significantly higher per aircraft. Defence minister and PM-led committee rubbished this concern. /3
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama (@nsitharaman) speaks on #Rafale jet deal in the Lok Sabha

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Defence Minister on #Rafale jet deal in Lok Sabha: Senior members of the Opposition don't want to hear my answers. It is very disheartening. This country needs to know that defence purchases are national security-related and very important, whether they are in power or we are.
National security is of utmost importance: Defence minister @nsitharaman on #Rafale jet deal in Lok Sabha

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SC cancelled coal & 2G spectrum licenses.

Media maintains clean image of MMS & Sonia.

SC found nothing wrong in #Rafale.

Media peddling Rahul's lies. Refusing to factcheck any figure that he throws.

This is Sonia's control over media after 4.5 yrs out of power.
HC asked Sonia to vacate the Herald house in 5000 cr scam.

UK court extradited Christian Micheal to India in #Augustascam

Micheal admits to paying 50+ cr to manage Indian journalists.

What are we discussing? #Rafale.

That has already got a clean chit from SC!
When CAG gave loss figures in 2G & Coalgate.

Media was questioning CAG. They called it presumptive loss. They tried to discredit Vinod Rai.

SC has given clean chit in #Rafale.

Rahul says offset scam of 1.3 lakh crore in a deal of 29,000 cr.

Media just parrots the lie!
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#Rafale: Judgment by Supreme Court today at 10.30 am in a batch of petitions seeking probe into #RafaleDeal
Judgment will be delivered by a Bench of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph. #Rafale
Petitioners ML Sharma, Vineet Dhanda, Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 already in court.
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CJI asks the Air Marshall, which is the latest induction to IAF and also the latest being manufactured in India?
Sukhoi 30 the latest induction, responds the Air Marshall
#Rafale
The latest being manufactured in India is 3rd generation Mirage.
The proposed new air craft is 5th generation with stealth technology, clarifies the Air Marhsall
#Rafale
AG KK Venugopal resumes arguments
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#SupremeCourt #RafaleDeal MANOHAR LAL SHARMA vs. NARENDRA DAMODARDAS MODI
 
W.P.(Crl.) No. 000225 - / 2018
 
Court 1, item 1
 
Before HON'BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE UDAY UMESH LALIT and HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE K.M. JOSEPH
Facts: Letter Petition & Pil Matters : Writ Petitions (Criminal) and Writ Petitions filed as PIL pertaining to criminal investigations/prosecution.
The Supreme Court has agreed to list the petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma seeking a stay on the India-France Rafale fighter jet deal.
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#Rafale hearing commences at Supreme Court. M L Sharma making submissions
There is serious fraud in the deal, submits M L Sharma #Rafale
M L Sharma : Negotiations started in May 2015 only after the deal was announced by PM in April 2015 #Rafale
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#Rafale: Bench assembles, hearing to commence in sometime. Mentioning in progress.
#Rafale: Hearing commences in Supreme Court
#Rafale: Petitioner ML Sharma making submissions, the document by Centre itself reveals there has been a serious fraud.
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India in Numbers

This #RightFactsThread will give u an great Insight about #RecentHappening in India, and relate it to #Facts, #Data & #NewIndia vision of @narendramodi

👉India's Size = 32.87 lakh sq km

👉India's GDP is now > 2.8trillion dollars!

1/n
#MSME sector:
👉It account for 30% of India's GDP,
👉45% of manufacturing output
👉40% of exports

Thus @narendramodi govt. Is giving special focus announced
✓Ministry opened
✓All PSU need to procure 25% frm MSMEs
✓1 cr loan in 59 min
✓2% interest subvention scheme

2/n
#Agriculture/#Farmers
👉15.6% of our GDP
👉68.8% rural population depends on Agriculture (34.6% directly& rest indirectly)

Still Over 1/5th of farmers' households are #BelowPovertyLine😢😢

Thus #DoubleTheFarmers by 2022 of @narendramodi is Top Priority

3/n
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On Rafale Deal....
Some lesser-known facts on Rafale deal which everyone must know:
1. During UPA rule, Sanjay Bhandari - a well known arms dealer and the biggest middleman involved in all defense procurement made in UPA rule - wanted 2strike a deal with Dassault for the Rafale.
2. When French company Dassault realised that Sanjay Bhandari was trying to use his influence via Robert Vadra to secure the deal, Dassault objected to it and threatened to back off.
3. It was then that UPA government put the deal on hold, as Dassault did not agree to tie up with Sanjay Bhandari, who is the closest associate of Robert Vadra. The whole aim was to make a huge commission for Vadra and Bhandari.
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The @IAF_MCC will need to retire 11 MIG sqdns by 2030 or around 198 jets , another 200 jets retire ~2035. We need to replace 400jets to maintain current lvls by 2035. For 42 sqdns add 200 jets . @RahulGandhi pls can you tell us how you'll cover that with @HALHQBLR 1/n #Rafale
The NDA plan is to have @HALHQBLR build at least 250 #LCA variants in three lines ( two lines funded by #Modi ) with each line building 8jets/annum starting 2020.
Another 350 #aircraft will have to come from 1-2 other privately owned firms or be imported. 2/n
If we kill private #military #aircraft #manufacturing today we will have to import ~300 jets in the next 10-15 yrs which will cost #India anything between 45-60$bn . Each 1$bn invested creates at least 6000 jobs today , this import alone will cost us 360,000 jobs 3/n
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The offset clause in #RafaleDeal is one of the best things to have happened for India's nascent Aviation industry. In the past all Aviation companies were in clutches of HAL and QA organisations.They neither had scalability or patience to burst laidback bureaucracy. @nsitharaman
Have seen many enterprising small entrepreneurs waiting for hrs to meet HAL engineers or Aviation DGQA officers which are 9-5 cushy welfare postings.HAL had more industrial canteens& cooperative societies than aircraft variants. HAL confined to few cities. Quality was casuality
India was nowhere in software scene despite CMC a GOI company was in computers in 70/80s. It needed an Infosys,Wipro,TCS, few others to stir software world. If CMC were encouraged at expense of pvt IT software domination would have been a dream. Now Indian IT is not golden goose
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Sonia Gandhi went to Moscow in April 2018. The excuse was ‘Indira Gandhi exhibition’.
The exhibition was by ‘Federal State Archives’. A Russian government Federal institute. Here’s the interesting part... economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-…
Indira Gandhi was PM of India, and the exhibition was by a Federal body of Russia. Despite this, Indian embassy in Moscow or Russian embassy in India kept silent about this. There had to be some protocol about government contact, right?
Indian news papers report Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Russia but they miss one detail. Look at the list of organizers of the event. economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-…
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SURGICAL STRIKE, Mr. President!

félicitations pour votre honnêteté et votre courage
வாழ்த்துக்கள், தங்கள் நேர்மைத் துணிவுக்கு!
மன் கீ பாத் -> பிசி பேளா பாத், ஆயிருச்சி மோடிஜி!

நீங்களே சமாளிச்சிக்குங்க! என்னைய விட்டுருங்க!:))) #Rafale
*குகனொடு ஐவர் ஆனோம்!
*குன்று சூழ்வான் மகனொடும் அறுவர் ஆனோம்
*வீடணா, நின்னொடு எழுவர் ஆனோம்

அகன் அமர் காதல் ஐய!
அம்பானியோடு எண்மர் ஆனோம்!
அம்பானியோடு எண்மர் ஆனோம்!😂

Whattay கம்பன் கவி!:) #Rafale
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I believe @RahulGandhi , being the blathering idiot that he is, has actually lost the advantage @INCIndia has in the #Rafale issue by speaking without thinking. #Thread
So far, #Rafale discussion has been about the cost to the nation. Although even that was all hot air and faff, as a confusion and misinformation tactic it was effective.
Although BJP could well explain the cost figure differences like that fact that the cost Congress keeps talking about was just a bargaining point and never agreed upon in a contract, it’s quite well known BJP has been ineffective in communicating this to the masses clearly.
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1) Dear friends, dear Indian journalists. Here is an extract of the article published by @mediapart this afternoon, and quoting François Hollande on the #rafale deal. It's in French and I would STRONGLY advise you not to use google translate.
2) Question : Who selected Reliance as a partner and why ?
3) "Nous n’avions pas notre mot à dire à ce sujet" said François Hollande.
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My take on #Rafale:

1. Defence purchases involve secrecy agreements, but they don't necessarily cover price disclosures.

2. Armament sellers want to strike the best possible deals with multiple countries, so it helps them if prices are kept secret.
3. But India as a buyer of armaments has quite a bit of market power, and can contest conditions imposed by sellers. Buyers can also force sellers to conform to democratic transparency and disclosure requirements.
As @SushantSin shows, the current government had acceded to sharing price information in the past. But then changed its mind.

indianexpress.com/article/india/…
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THREAD on the #Rafale Secrecy Clause signed in 2008. mea.gov.in/Uploads/Public… pages 2416-2425

1n "CLASSIFIED" is WHATEVER the providing party determines to be classified, REGARDLESS OF ITS NATURE. For Rafale engaged in fierce ongoing competitions, price is VERY SENSITIVE
2n EQUIVALENT PROTECTIONS: A whole section gives the Providing Party (FRANCE) to decide classification and obliges the Receiving Party (India) to enforce such classification and NOT DOWNGRADE the secrecy levels
3n REITERATION OF SECRECY: so important that a whole another article is added to REITERATE that secrecy is at the core of strategic trust. Note the language here "organisations" is clearly jargon for Nuclear organisations, meaning Nuke modifications absolutely cannot be divulged
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#MonsoonSession live: Debate on #NoConfidenceMotion set to start at 11 am, all eyes on Lok Sabha scroll.in/a/887277
#NoConfidenceMotion | Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge complains to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about the time allotted to the #Opposition. He requests her not to impose a time limit on the Opposition parties.

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