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Thursday 8 April 2021

Dassault statement denies corruption and bribery in sale of Rafales to India


In the wake of revelations by French media organisation, Mediapart that the French government’s anti-corruption watchdog, Agence Francaise Anticorruption (AGA) had investigated alleged corruption and payoffs in the sale of 36 Rafale fighters to India, Dassault Aviation issued a statement denying wrongdoing.


The full text of the statement is as follows:



About Dassault Aviation and India 

(Saint-Cloud, France, April 8, 2021) – Faced with certain allegations reported in the press about the contract signed in 2016 with India for the supply of 36 Rafale combat aircraft, a Dassault Aviation spokesperson points out the following: 

- Numerous controls are carried out by official organizations, including the French Anti- Corruption Agency. No violations were reported, notably in the frame of the contract with India for the acquisition of 36 Rafales.


- Dassault Aviation wishes to reiterate that it acts in strict compliance with the OECD Anti- Bribery Convention and national laws, in particular the law of December 9, 2016 known as Sapin 2. 

- Since the early 2000s, Dassault Aviation has implemented strict internal procedures to prevent corruption, guaranteeing the integrity, ethics and reputation of the company in its industrial and commercial relations. In the context of the Sapin 2 law, the company has completed and strengthened its system for the prevention and detection of corruption and influence peddling, both at the level of the parent company and its subsidiaries. 

- The contract with India for the acquisition of 36 Rafales has been established on a government-to-government basis. This contract, as well as the offsets corresponding contract, meet the criteria established by these regulations and are being executed in full transparency between the various government and industrial partners. The aircraft were delivered in respect of the schedule, despite the COVID-19 health crisis, and fully meet the security needs of the Indian authorities. 

- Dassault Aviation and the Reliance Group established the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL) Joint Venture in 2017 and built a plant in Nagpur that has been producing numerous Falcon parts and pieces since 2018. 

- Dassault Aviation and its partners are working with 60 companies in India and negotiations are underway to establish potential new cooperations.

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