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By Cyril Altmeyer
GENEVA May 21 French planemaker Dassault
Aviation SA hopes to start talks with India by the end
of the year for additional sales of its Rafale fighter jet,
before full negotiations in 2018, Chief Executive Eric Trappier
said in Geneva on Sunday.
He also said the company was awaiting more information on
Canada's search for fighter planes.
Canada said on Thursday it was reviewing plans to buy
military equipment from Boeing Co after the U.S.
planemaker launched a trade complaint alleging that Canada's
Bombardier Inc had dumped jets into the U.S. market.
In November, Canada said it wanted to buy 18 Boeing Super
Hornets as a stopgap measure while it prepared a competition to
replace its aging fleet of fighter jets.
According to industry sources, the Canadian government has
also held talks with Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin
"We are in a phase where I do not know (...) if they are
still in a tender in which we are a part or if they are
negotiating on a one-to-one basis," Trappier told Reuters on the
sidelines of the Ebace business aviation fair.
In India, where Dassault Aviation signed a long-awaited
contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets in September 2016, Trappier
said it was working on an additional order for the air force as
well as a tender for 57 planes for the navy.
Boeing is also competing the Indian naval deal.
"There is no negotiation, we are not there yet: we are
waiting for a one-to-one discussion," Trappier said, hoping to
start talks this year before full-fledged negotiations in 2018.
(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; Writing by Sybille de La Hamaide;
Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Mark Potter)