The State Minister for External Affairs, General VK Singh on Wednesday, questioned the “capacity and condition” of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) amid Congress’ assertion that the Modi government denied the PSU of the defense a compensation contract in the Rafale agreement.
Speaking to journalists in Pune, the minister defended the Rafale agreement and said that the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France was necessary to improve the capabilities of the Indian Air Force.
“Look at HAL’s condition, our two pilots died, I’m sorry to say, but the programs at HAL are being delayed for three and a half years … parts of planes are falling on the runway, it’s this ability.” On the other hand, we say that HAL is not getting the job (from Rafale), “he said.
The minister was referring to the deaths of two pilots in an accident of the Mirage 2000 training aircraft in Bengaluru on February 1. The aircraft was in an “acceptance exit” after an update by the HAL.
Before the affirmations of the Congress of which the government of Modi had favored to the signature of the industrialist Anil Ambani in the agreement with Rafale, the ex- head of the Army said: “In the case of Rafale, they are the French ones that decided the company of compensation. The purpose of the compensation is to allow “The industry will prosper here … if your company is not satisfied with HAL, it is your decision … it is not the decision of the Indian government”.
The opposition is trying to raise the issue of Rafale as a counter to the Bofors agreement, he said referring to the Rs. Deal of 1,437 million rupees between India and the Swedish weapons manufacturer AB Bofors in 1986 for the supply of 400 units of 155mm howitzer cannon for the Indian Army.
“In the 1960s, we created an indigenous design for Hindustan Fighter 24 – Marut, but the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), which was assigned to develop an engine for the aircraft, did not do so and we had to analyze it. the engine, “he said.
To get the engine, India approached the US. UU., Who gave an “excess fuel” engine, which led to the death of many pilots, he said.
“We had to scrap the program, but later, the French approached us and our government allowed them to take a look at a static plane, then they clicked on several pictures of the plane and, on that basis, began the series of Mirage planes.” , He said. He said.
“If the government of that time had forced the GTRE to develop the engine, the country would have had its own plane and with the technological advances, the indigenous plane of the country would have been better than Rafale,” he said.
“If they accuse the current government of the agreement with Rafale, then the blame for the failure of HF-24 should go to the government at the time and I would like to call it betrayal, since all the data of HF-24 was erased without anyone giving account. “Knowledge,” he said.
Issues related to national security should not be politicized, the minister said, adding that India requires these 36 aircraft (Rafale), in which case the capacity of the Indian Air Force will be hampered.
“It was necessary to buy these 36 planes since the capabilities of the Indian Air Force were running low, if we keep pulling the legs of the others, we will cause a great loss in the defense of the nation,” he said.
In talks with Pakistan, the minister said that when Prime Minister Modi became prime minister in 2014, India showed a positive gesture to improve relations with the neighboring country through dialogue.
“Our position since 2014 was very clear, since the terrorist talks and activities can not go hand in hand, and even today, we are firm in our position,” he said.