In April 2019, the IAF issued an RFI (Request for Information), or initial tender, to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion (one billion is equal to 100 crore).
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is the apex body of the MoD for finalising procurement for the three services, is scheduled to meet at the end of this month.
A chartered Dassault Falcon 7X jet landed in the evening at Melbourne's Essendon North airport after an eight-hour flight from Bangkok.
Junior foreign minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, fearing damage to Indo-French ties, said that the ex-French President's remarks do not help anyone and above all do not help France.
Congress was referring to reports on former France President Francois Hollande's claims regarding a private Indian firm becoming an offset partner in the intergovernmental deal for the fighter jets.
Bhushan questioned how Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence, the Indian offset partner of French firm Dassault Aviation, could be involved in the project as "most of his companies are in debt."
Indian political parties have been accusing Modi over the 2016, 36 Rafale planes from Dassault estimated to be worth $8.7 billion, saying he had overpaid for the planes and had not been transperant
The Defence Ministry said "unnecessary controversies" are being sought to be created following media reports regarding a statement purportedly made by Hollande.
Singh said the verification of the French media report, which quoted former French President Francois Hollande on the purchase of the Rafale fighter jets, will reveal the truth.
The Congress chief alleged that Nirmala Sitharaman, Manohar Parrikar and Arun Jaitley had not signed the contract and that they were all lying to protect Prime Minister Modi
Hollande was quoted in an article by a French website as claiming that the Indian government had asked the French government to nominate Reliance Defence as its India partner in the deal.
The previous UPA government in 2012 started negotiations with Dassault Aviation to buy 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA).
Entire issue of HAL not being chosen happened during their (UPA) time, so all these questions that they are now directing at us should actually go to them, Sitharaman said.
The company's Rafale aircraft for the navy and the air force are same, CEO Eric Trappier said.