A team from France was camping in New Delhi for some weeks for negotiating the deal. India had decided to ink the deal for 126 Rafale jets in 2012 during the previous United Progressive Alliance government. The deal was estimated to cost $10.2 billion and the plan was to acquire 18 aircraft in fly-away condition and manufacturing the rest in India.
However, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France in April last year, India conveyed that it would like to acquire 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible in view of the IAF's critical operational necessity for the multi-role combat aircraft. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with France in January this year for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft.