PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Talks between French plane-maker
Dassault Aviation and India over a $15 billion Rafale
fighter contract are continuing, Dassault's chief executive
said, adding he was "relatively optimistic".
India selected the Rafale to enter exclusive negotiations
for a potential 126-plane order in late January, beating the
competing Eurofighter Typhoon and
lifting hopes for a sale that would boost French pride and
restore the luster of its aviation industry.
"We are deep in talks at the moment. It's a complicated
country, the negotiations are tough, but there is a desire to
wrap up on both sides," CEO Charles Edelstenne told a
parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.
"I'm relatively optimistic."
Edelstenne also said that growing public speculation over a
change at the top for subsidiary Thales - which he
described as an "eventual change in governance" - was having an
impact on talks with clients and making them more difficult.