MARSEILLE (France): Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier has rubbished the allegations levelled by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France.
Speaking to ANI in the Dassault hangar housed in Istres-Le Tube Airbase located North of the French city of Marseille, Dassault’s CEO Eric Trappier said that they had prior experience dealing with the Congress party and the comments made by the Congress president made him sad.
To a question on the allegations by the Congress party, he said, “I don’t lie”.
I don’t lie. The truth I declared before and the statements I made are true. I don’t have a reputation of lying. In my position as CEO, you don’t lie: Dassault CEO Eric Trappier responds to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, in an exclusive interview to ANI #Rafale pic.twitter.com/K6PMdhg8pF
— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2018
Watch the entire interview of the Dassault CEO with ANI’s Smita Prakash here:
When pressed further for the reason behind Dassault’s choice of Reliance as an offset partner which had no experience in manufacturing fighter jets, Trappier clarified that the money being invested was not going to Reliance directly but in a Joint Venture (JV) that included Dassault:
“We are not putting the money in Reliance. The money is going into the JV. I put my know-how free of charge on how to produce people. I have engineers and workers from Dassault who are taking the lead as far as the industrial part of this deal is concerned. At the same time, I have an Indian company like Reliance who is putting money into this JV as they want to develop their country. So the company is going to know how to produce aircraft,” added Trappier.