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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
#NirmalaSitharaman has claimed that the earlier deal was not guaranteed, but what does she have to say about the surety of this one? Law Ministry and tech experts raised SEVERAL concerns about the security offered to India, which the govt sidestepped. /4

caravanmagazine.in/government/hid…
All the govt got was a Letter of Promise, which cannot be enforced legally. Neither Dassault nor the French govt agreed to any legal liability. The govt's experts flagged this as an issue but it did not seem to matter. /5
It also doesn't want to say anything about why Ajit Doval was involved in these negotiations, why HAL was scrapped, why Reliance-- without ANY defence expertise-- was shoehorned into the deal. /6
Not to mention: none of these concerns were communicated to the Supreme Court. Will the govt care to explain why? /7
Whoops, sorry *letter of comfort. Proper details on why that conflicts with Indian interests is here: caravanmagazine.in/government/hid… /8
Can't believe I forgot to mention: the govt's costing officer suggested a price for #Rafale that was LOWER BY MORE THAN 2.5B EUROS. The govt then deviated from procedure to come to a higher price, for which IT USED THE EARLIER DEAL'S PRICES /9 caravanmagazine.in/government/raf…
Everything else aside, can the government please decide whether or not it thinks the earlier deal was good? These mixed signals are not helping. /10 #NirmalaSitharaman #RafaleDeal
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