10 major things that Dassault chief Eric Trappier said on Rafale Deal

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 13: This was very important for the Modi government which till now boasts of a corruption-free governance. The Rafale Deal attack by the Congress was proving to be a dent on these tall claims. Dassault CEO Eric Trappier finally comes out to clear all doubts surrounding the Rafale Deal which till now was seeing the government in the backfoot. On November 2, Gandhi had alleged that Dassault made Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as its offset partner after purchasing land for Ambani. ANI editor Smita Prakash interviewed Dassault CEO Eric Trappier at the Dassault aviation hangar in Istre- Le Tube airbase in France. Here are the major 10 highlights of the Dassault CEO Eric Trappier interview: Dassault Aviation had recently stated that it selected Reliance Defence over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited because it had land near an airport in Nagpur. Rubbishing this, Rahul Gandhi said Ambani's firm was preferred despite the fact that HAL had more land.1.  "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, Trappier told ANI.2.He said Dassault chose Ambani themselves, "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. I know there are some controversies and I know that it is a kind of domestic political fight, with elections it is true in many countries. What is important for me is the truth and the truth is that it is a clean deal and the IAF is happy with this deal." 3.. The price of the 36 jets was exactly the same when you compare them with the 18 flyaway. The 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 negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9%," Trappier said.  4. Dassault CEO Eric Trappier clarified further about the investments being made by Dassault, adding that Reliance would match the amount since the shareholding pattern is 49% Dassault and 51% Reliance as per prescribed government norms.5. "We are supposed to put in this company together about Rs 800 crore as 50:50. For the time being, to start work in the hangar and to pay workers and employees, we have already put Rs 40 crore. But it will be increased to Rs 800 crore, which implies Rs 400 crore by Dassault in the coming five years," said Trappier.6. He added Dassault has seven years to perform offset. "During first three years, we are not obliged to say with who we are working. We have already settled work and agreement with 30 companies, which represents 40% of total offset obligation as per contract. Reliance is 10% out of the 40, while rest 30% is a direct agreement between these companies and Dassault," Trappier said.7. On the pricing issue, the CEO said that the present aircrafts are cheaper by 9 %. "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 government to government, there was some negotiation, I had to decrease price by 9%. The price of Rafale in flyaway condition is less expensive in the 36 contract than the 126 contract," he said.8. Have 7 years to perform our offset. During the first 3 years, we are not obliged to say with who we are working. Already settled the agreement with 30 companies, which represents 40% of total offset obligation as per contract. Reliance is 10% out of the 40.9. Have long experience with Congress. Our first deal with India was in 1953 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.10. For the time being, to start the work in the hanger and to pay workers and employees, we have already put 40 crores. But it will be increased to 800 crores, which implies 400 crores by Dassault in the five coming years.