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Air Force refuses to share details of Rafale deal

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Source: IndiaToday

Air Force denied the access to the details of supply of 36 Rafale aircraft as they said it is confidential in nature. An Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed between the governments of India and France on September 23, 2016, for the supply of the Rafale aircraft, initial consignment of weapons, long-term maintenance support through performance-based logistics, simulators with annual maintenance and associated equipment.

The Defence Ministry was asked to produce copies of the agreement and price of the Rafale deal, which was then forwarded to the Air Force for providing the reply.

Air Force answering the RTI  cleared that details are held by it in a fiduciary capacity. The information is solely confidential in nature and public disclosure of the sensitive data may lead to its subsequent availability to our adversaries, it said.

 “Further, the information sought is also held in a fiduciary capacity and no larger public interest is served by disclosure of such information. Hence, the same is denied,” the Air Force said in reply to the application filed by PTI.