31st January, 2012 was celebrated by Marcelle Dassault with the same vigour and fervor as the French National Day. Marcelle Dassault had sealed the biggest deal of the century. IAF had ordered 126 Rafale. French aviation giant was on the verge of collapse with no takers to its generation IV aeroplane. Indian order acted as the proverbial ‘oxygen’.
The article was authored in February, 2012, immediately after the deal was announced.