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Rafale: Parrikar keen on SAFRAN's manufacturing unit in Goa

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PANAJI (PTI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has "advised" French firm SAFRAN to set up a facility in his home state of Goa to manufacture small parts for the fighter aircraft Rafale, for which India recently signed a deal with France.

"I would also advice you to take advantage of the offset in Rafale deal. From my side I will put a word. You (SAFRAN) are supplying engines for Rafale. The offset of Rafale deal is around Rs 30,000 crore. If you are interested in setting up a manufacturing facility of some small parts then you can do it in Goa," Parrikar said during the inauguration of a joint venture between HAL and French firm SAFRAN in North Goa.

He said Rs 1,000-1,500 crore of the total offset deal can be invested in Goa.

"If that happens, Goa will provide technical support which is required for such activity," he said.

The Defence Minister also appealed state Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for setting up courses for skill development in aeronautical engineering.

Parrikar said Goa requires engineering industry.

"Goans are in high tech jobs across India. Also a lot of talent is available locally," he added.

The Defence Minister also suggested that HAL should tie up with SAFRAN and get into manufacturing of engines.

"We are going to require 6,000-10,000 engines in next ten years and most of them are SAFRAN engines," he said.

Parrikar said the Goa government is ready to provide land and other facilities required to set up an engine manufacturing plant.

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