If Like Earlier, 126 Aircrafts Were Bought, Some Would Have Been Produced In India: HAL Chairman
R Madhavan also said that HAL is capable of producing the Rafale fighter jets.
Udaipur: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman R Madhavan on Friday said the HAL was capable of producing the Rafale aircraft but suggested that the question of transfer of technology does not arise in the current order of just 36 aircraft.
The Congress has alleged that Narendra Modi government is buying the military aircraft from French company Dassault Aviation at a much higher price than what was being negotiated by the previous UPA government, which planned to procure 126 aircraft.
The opposition has also accused the government of ignoring the state-owned HAL while negotiating the agreement, suggesting that some of the aircraft could have been manufactured by it through transfer of technology.
Madhavan said the HAL was capable of production when the initial discussions were on.
For 36 jets, the question of production in India does not arise, he said.
If 126 aircraft were bought, some would have been purchased outright and others produced in the country, he said.
He said the HAL was not part of the process of the current deal.
(WIth PTI inputs)