A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA, is seen performing an air display (Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Why Government Bought Only 36 Rafale Jets, Asks Chidambaram

Senior Congress Leader P Chidambaram accused the government of compromising the national security and asked why it bought only 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of 126 required by the Air Force.

His comments come in the wake of fresh revelations on the Rafale deal in a media report by The Hindu, which claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to buy 36 aircraft instead of the 126 asked for by the Air Force pushed the price of each jet up by 41.42 percent.

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“The government has compromised the national security by denying to the Air Force the 7 squadrons (126 aircraft) that it desperately needs,” he said.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also took to Twitter to demand answers from Modi on the increased cost of aircraft.

“The PM’s unilateral decision to buy 36 Rafales resulted in a price escalation of 41.42 percent per jet. When will the prime minister answer?” he asked.

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