Eric Trappier, the chairman of the 3.6 billion Dassault Aviation was recently in the country to lay the much-awaited foundation stone of Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited(DRAL’s) manufacturing facility at Mohan in Nagpur. The production from DRAL is expected to start from as early as 2018 also the first rafale I expected to arrive in India in 2019.
Trappier was seen talking about Dassault and it’s future plans. He spoke about getting orders for Rafale combat jets from the Indian government repeatedly.When asked about first Rafale he said it should land in 2019. He also said that certain parts of Rafale and Falcon will be manufactured in the country, to begin with. He added it’s a win-win situation. New orders will decide the next steps to manufacturing in India.
When talking about the relationship within he commented that the company has a very old history with India and has been supplying to India for the past 65 years. He mentioned that “our government has signed an agreement to supply 36 Rafale jets to India with 50% offset obligation. We will fulfill all our contractual obligations.”
He also added, “this a unique opportunity to start manufacturing in India. With our partner Reliance, we also intend to manufacture our business net Falcon. The first Falcon will soon take off from Indian soil.