An Indian firm on Tuesday said it supplied 50 replicas of Rafale aircraft to its maker Dassault Aviation, a day after a fresh controversy erupted over the fighter jets’ deal following a French media report.
French publication ‘Mediapart’, citing an investigation by the country’s anti-corruption agency, reported that Dassault Aviation had paid about one million Euros to Defsys Solutions for 50 models of the aircraft which were to be given as “gifts”.
The media report said the inspectors of the Agence Française Anticorruption (AFA) were given no proof that these models were made.
Defsys Solutions on Tuesday released a statement and tax invoices stating that the allegations were totally unfounded.
“This is in response to wholly unsubstantiated, baseless and misleading claims appearing in certain sections of the media, insinuating that Defsys never supplied 50 replica models of Rafale aircraft,” the company said in a statement.
It said 50 replica models of Rafale aircraft were delivered to Dassault Aviation based on a purchase order received from the defence major.