I do not lie: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier on Rafale deal

Trappier did not speak about the aircraft that would have been manufactured in India under the UPA deal and whether they may have changed the price equation.
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The chief of Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer contracted to deliver 36 fighter jets to the Indian Air Force, hit out at Rahul Gandhi for calling him a liar.

“I don’t lie,” said Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation. “In my position as CEO, you don’t lie.”

Trappier was responding to Gandhi’s accusation that he was lying about the Rafale deal to protect Prime Narendra Modi.

Trappier was responding to Gandhi’s accusation that he was lying about the Rafale deal to protect Prime Narendra Modi.

Dassault CEO Eric Trappier, in an interview to news agency ANI, partly denied the latter claim by saying that the price of the Rafale in a “flyaway” condition is less expensive in the NDA deal than in the UPA deal.

Trappier said, “Price of 36 [aircraft] was exactly the same when you compare with 18 flyaway. 36 is the double of 18, so as far as I was concerned, it should have been double the price. But because it was government to government, there was some negotiation, I had to decrease [the] price by 9%. The price of Rafale in flyaway condition is less expensive in the 36 contract than the 126 contract.”

Trappier did not speak about the aircraft that would have been manufactured in India under the UPA deal and whether they may have changed the price equation.

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