Dassault CEO sets record right on Rafale, responds to Rahul Gandhi's allegation

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 13: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier finally comes out to clear all doubts surrounding the Rafale Deal which till was seeing the government in the backfoot. WIth this interview to ANI, the government finally feels it remains vindicated. ANI editor Smita Prakash interviewed Dassault CEO Eric Trappier at the Dassault aviation hangar in Istre- Le Tube airbase in France. Here is what the Dassault CEO says:

-I don't lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don't have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don't lie: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier responds to Rahul Gandhi's allegations 

-We chose Ambani by ourselves. We already have 30 partners other than Reliance. The IAF is supporting the deal because they need the fighter jets for their own defence to be at the top: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier on allegations of corruption in the Reliance-Dassault JV deal 

-Price of 36 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 govt to govt, there was negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9% 

-We are not putting the money in Reliance. The money is going into the JV (Dassault-Reliance). Engineers and workers from Dassault are taking the lead as far as the industrial part of the deal is concerned 

-Have long experience with Congress. Our first deal was with India in 1953 was during Nehru, later other PMs. We are not working for any party, we are supplying strategic products to IAF and Indian Govt. That’s what is most important