The minister was talking to reporters here in his home district East Godavari, in Andhra Pradesh. He also informed that the defence ministry had sanctioned over Rs 40,000 crore for the deal.
Raju further informed that his ministry had shortlisted the European Eurofighter and the French Dassault Rafale for the 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) deal.
Informing that he along with a five-member delegation recently visited Paris and had talks with the French officials over defence issues and several other matters of mutual concern, the minister of state said, "Our talks mainly concentrated on the purchase of 126 fight planes."
He also informed that later this week, he will be attending a business conclave to be organised in California, USA by the Telugu Association of North America (TANA).