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French aviation company Dassault has signed a $11 billion deal with the Indian government to provide 126 French-made Rafale combat aircraft, Reuters reports.The deal is hugely important for Dassault, that had been considering stopping production on the Rafale jet as recently as December due to a lack of demand.
It’s a win for Nicolas Sarkozy and a loss for David Cameron, who had hoped that Britain’s bid with the British-made Eurofighter Typhoon would win the contract.
India had sought bids from a number of companies, including those from the US and Russia, in order to replace its ageing Soviet=era planes.
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