PARIS — Dassault Aviation hopes to finalize the sale of Rafale combat jets to India this year, a deal that could sustain current aircraft production levels as France prepares to cut defense spending over the next six years. Contract negotiations with New Delhi have been underway since February 2012, when India committed to purchase at least 126 Rafale combat jets. Talks have dragged on amid disagreement concerning the company’s liability for the aircraft to be built under license in ...

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