An attempted theft was reported in the Indian Air Force (IAF) Project Management Team (PMT) at Paris, which was supervising the Rafale deal.
Defense sources have said the Hindu newspaper that. “The incident occurred on Sunday and an investigation is underway. It is Dassault Aviation’s responsibility as it has been on their premises,”. The PMT consists of four IAF officers under the leadership of a Group Captain.
Deal for 36 Rafale jets in flyaway condition was signed between India and France at €7.87 billion Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) in September 2016 for also has a 50% offset clause to be executed by the French partners. As per terms of the IGA, deliveries will begin 36 months after the signing of the contract and the deal should be completed in 67 months. Thus, the delivery should start from the month of September this year.
IAF has a PMT in France to supervise the the deal which also has the modifications made by India to the aircraft to incorporate the 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE). According to the media sources, this was informed to the local police and a case has been registered.