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  • France fills the American arms void

    06/25/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 25/6/15 | OWEN DANIELS AND ROBBIE GRAMER
    The Dassault Rafale, France’s premier fighter jet, headlined the International Paris Air Show last week, showing off its state-of-the art maneuvers before a crowd of 300,000 defense industry leaders. While the air show ostensibly exhibited advances in aviation technology, France also brandished the Rafale as the centerpiece of major new diplomatic strides. Through a series of recent sales worth billions, most recently a $12 billion deal with Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday, the Rafale has become the backbone of Paris’s realpolitik economic diplomacy aimed at sustaining its global stature and capitalizing on recent rifts in the United States’ relations with its...
  • Arms sales becoming France’s new El Dorado, but at what cost?

    05/03/2015 11:23:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2015-05-04 | Sam BALL
    France’s booming arms trade has proved one of the few bright spots for the country’s struggling economy. But as President François Hollande heads to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, will there be a moral and strategic cost to the deals he might bring back? When Qatar agreed to buy 24 French Rafale fighter jets in a €6.3 billion contract at the end of April, it represented yet another major success for France’s arms industry, coming hot on the heels of further multi-billion euro sales of Rafales to Egypt and India.
  • Rafale Has Gone From Long-Time Export Flop To Huge Success In 45 Days

    04/30/2015 7:59:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/30/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    There is no doubt about it, the French-built Rafale fighter is on a roll. Egypt suddenly sealed a deal for 24 of the multirole fighters in February, India finally consummated a reduced initial order of 36 jets, and now Qatar will purchase 24. After 20 years, the Rafale has gone from an export zero to export hero in a blistering 45 days. Each country that has bought the Rafale has done so for different reasons. India is looking to bridge the gap that will be left by retiring old MiG-21s and MiG-27s, and to offset delays in the country’s indigenous...
  • French presidency confirms sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar

    04/30/2015 2:21:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | Apr. 30, 2015
    PARIS: The French presidency said Thursday Qatar had agreed to purchase 24 Rafale fighter jets, adding that Francois Hollande would travel to Doha on May 4 for the contract signing ceremony. Sources close to the negotiations had earlier told AFP that a deal - which includes a firm order for 24 jets with an option on 12 other planes
  • India Makes it Official: The 'Mother of All Defense Deals' Is Dead

    04/13/2015 10:04:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/14/2015 | Ankit Panda
    With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big announcement in Paris that New Delhi would purchase 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters off-the-shelf (prêt-à-porter, if you will) in a government-to-government deal, the future of the $20 billion tender for India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) that was being negotiated between France’s Dassault Aviation and the Indian government fell into limbo. That ambiguity was resolved on Monday, three days after Modi’s announcement, when Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar clarified that the $20 billion tender would not move forward. Just like that, the “mother of all defense deals,” as India’s MMRCA project was known,...
  • Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

    02/25/2015 8:27:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/25/2015 | Valérie Leroux
    After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq. "We are well-trained, we know all the procedures but you still need to get used to the territory," he said after landing his fighter on the carrier Charles de Gaulle following a nighttime sortie. French warplanes have formed part of the US-led coalition carrying out raids against IS jihadists in Iraq for several months. As in Afghanistan, the enemy is extremely mobile and often elusive. IS fighters embed in towns among the...
  • Indian Military’s Aging Equipment in Focus as Fighter Jet Crashes

    02/17/2015 12:01:40 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Santanu Choudhury
    NEW DELHI-An Indian Air Force fighter jet crashed Tuesday, a day after the country’s military paraded its might in front of the nation and U.S. President Barack Obama during Republic Day celebrations. An air force official said the pilot of the single-engine, single-seater MiG-27 aircraft of Russian origin ejected safely before the plane crashed in Barmer, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, which borders Pakistan. “The plane was on a routine mission,” the official said, without elaborating. The crash highlights the aging equipment of the Indian armed forces. The South Asian country has been seeking to modernize its mainly Soviet-era...
  • Rafale proposal 'effectively dead' as Dassault bid not cheapest

    02/16/2015 2:39:23 AM PST · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Even as three Rafale fighters line up in Bengaluru for eye-popping aerobatics displays at the Aero India 2015 exhibition this week, senior ministry of defence (MoD) sources say the proposal to buy the French fighter is "effectively dead".The reason: During three years of negotiations between Dassault and MoD officials in the so-called "contract negotiation committee" (CNC), it has emerged that Dassault's bid was actually higher than that of the Eurofighter Typhoon, not lower as the MoD had announced on January 31, 2012. Dassault had submitted a sketchy commercial bid, and when the CNC obtained details from the French company to...
  • Egypt 'bombs IS [ISIS] in Libya' after beheadings video

    02/15/2015 10:37:51 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 146 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 February 2015 Last updated at 06:34 GMT | BBC
    Egypt says it has bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the group published video showing the apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. State TV said the dawn strikes had targeted camps, training sites and weapons storage areas. Earlier, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt had the "right to respond" against IS. A video emerged on Sunday showing a group wearing orange overalls being forced to the ground and decapitated. IS militants claim to have carried out several attacks in Libya, which is in effect without a government. "Egypt reserves the right to respond at the proper time and...
  • Egypt’s Rafale Jet Order A ‘Triumph’ For French Industrial Policy, Hollande Says

    02/12/2015 5:51:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN
    BRUSSELS—French President François Hollande said Thursday Egypt will buy 24 of Dassault Aviation SA ’s Rafale in a contract worth around EUR5 billion ($5.7 billion), the first foreign order for the combat jet. Egypt will buy 24 Rafale and an accompanying frigate, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference after a European summit in Brussels. The French-made Rafale, which exists in land-based and carrier-based versions, has been in service with the French military for more than a decade, but repeatedly lost out to foreign competition and never been sold for export. The jet has seen action in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali,...
  • Egypt's Sisi approves deal to buy French Rafale fighters: Le Monde

    02/10/2015 5:22:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2015
    (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the purchase of 24 Rafale fighters, a Fremm frigate and MBDA missiles from France in a deal worth more than 5 billion euros ($5.64 billion), Le Monde newspaper reported on Tuesday. The arms contract could be officially signed on Wednesday or Thursday, Le Monde reported without saying where it obtained the information. Officials from Egypt's army and the presidency could not immediately be reached for comment. A French government official also declined comment. Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, declined to comment. This would be the first export deal for the...
  • India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

    01/01/2015 6:35:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jan 1, 2015
    For the first time since January 31, 2012, when the French Rafale fighter was chosen as the future medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), it has been officially admitted that there are serious problems in negotiating the purchase with the French vendor, Dassault. the Indian Business Standard reports. Speaking to the media on Tuesday evening, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said there were “complications” in the negotiations, already on for almost three years, with the French side reluctant to meet commitments that IAF had specified in the tender. Parrikar mentioned that local production of Su-30 MKI...
  • Rafale can be shot down like 'mosquitoes by Chinese-made Sukhoi': Russian envoy

    10/18/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ANI News, India ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Ashok Dixit
    New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): Indirectly expressing his country's surprise over the Indian Government and its defence establishment's decision to go ahead with its reported plan to buy 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France, Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, said the Dassault Aviation-manufactured fighter aircraft could be shot down like a mosquito by a Chinese-manufactured or produced Sukhoi jet should there ever be a conflict in the neighbourhood. Ambassador Kadakin, who was attending an interaction between Russian and Indian journalists in the national capital yesterday, said, "We (Russia) are still very surprised that Rafale is being bought, because if...
  • Egypt, the divine surprise in 2014 (Cairo wants French weapons)

    10/17/2014 12:36:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    La Tribune, France ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michel Cabirol
    Manufacturers of French arms are back in Cairo The Tribune offers a series of new industrial land conquest of French armaments. Egypt, which has offered this year for four corvettes 1 billion euros, shows again interested in the Rafale. Egypt and God will surprise to the French armament industry in 2014 in the absence yet of major contracts signed by more traditional customers in France (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia .. .) For DCNS scored a real coup in Egypt thanks to a very efficient commercial "raid". In less than six months, the naval group sold in Cairo four corvettes...
  • Mistral deal dispute can have negative impact on France’s military export — French expert

    10/06/2014 8:34:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | October 06, 2014
    Situation with the Russia-France Mistral deal can have negative influence on France's plans to deliver Rafale fighter jets to India © EPA/Marcus Brandt PARIS, October 6. /TASS/. The situation with the contract on two Mistral helicopter carriers can have a negative impact on France’s military export if the Mistral supplies to Russia are cancelled, editor-in-chief of the French military magazine Defense et Securite Internationale Joseph Henrotin said on Monday. Information saying the implementation of the contract can be suspended arouses serious concern by those who follows India’s position in the sphere of weaponry on France because the contract on the...
  • For IAF, Rafale makes the grade

    07/16/2014 12:00:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 7/16/2014 | ATUL ANEJA
    Dependence on Russian imports diminishing Russia is fast losing its dominance in Indian skies as the Indian Air Force is sticking to its guns on inducting 127 Rafale fighter jets from France and turning to the domestic military industry to supplement its requirements. Defence sources told The Hindu that despite an aggressive counter campaign by the British and Americans, the Indian side is firm about wrapping up the Rafale deal. The Rafale has made the grade because it is a safer twin-engine aircraft, which the IAF wants to fly for the next 40 years. Besides it has the teeth to...
  • Rafale contract elusive, Eurofighter and Saab remain hopeful (India)

    06/17/2014 8:26:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Saab believes co-developing Tejas Mark II would end need for Rafale More than two years after India's ministry of defence (MoD) chose to buy 126 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the world's biggest fighter contract swings in the wind. With no deal in sight after 28 months of haggling with Dassault, two of the losing vendors -Eurofighter and Saab - believe they could yet come out tops. Eurofighter GmbH, whose Typhoon fighter narrowly lost out to the Rafale, still retains a senior executive in New Delhi. This is to allow Eurofighter - the official runner-up -...
  • [Photo] French Rafale damages Refueling Probe while taking fuel from U.S. KC-135 tanker over Mali

    05/22/2014 8:51:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 19 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 and French Rafale involved in an mid-air emergency over Mali. Taken from a 100th ARW (Air Refueling Wing) KC-135 Stratotanker during what seemed to be (at least until then) a routine aerial refueling mission in support of Operation Serval, in Mali, the above image shows a French Air Force Rafale jet breaking to the left to separate from the tanker after the tip of IFR (In Flight Refueling) probe was severely damaged. According to the Escadron de chasse 01.091 “Gascogne”, who posted the image, the aircraft, with full load of weapons, was refueling from the...
  • The Rafale As Canada’s Next Fighter – Part 1

    03/06/2014 9:43:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ottawa Citizen Defence Watch ^ | March 5, 2014 | Yves Pagot
    Editor’s note: As part of its ongoing coverage of the CF-18 fighter aircraft replacement, Defence Watch has published a number of articles from authors supporting various aircraft. This week Defence Watch will be running a three-part series that looks at the Rafale filling the role as Canada’s next fighter jet. It is written by Yves Pagot, PhD
ParisTech Institute, and a
reservist in Armée de l’Air. (i.e. reservist with the French Air Force, he is in a parachute unit). Pagot notes that he does not have any connection to Dassault or the firms involved in the Rafale production. By Yves Pagot Defence...
  • French Air Force enters the AESA Era

    01/30/2014 10:32:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Air & Cosmos, France ^ | 27/01/2014 | Par Guillaume Steuer
    The evaluation team at the CEAM test centre has been developing the concept of operations for Rafale’s new AESA radar. The team leader gives us an update. On 24th October 2012, a new type of Rafale took to the skies from the runway at Mont-de-Marsan (BA 118) Air Base, home of the French Air Force’s CEAM test centre. From the outside, there was virtually nothing to distinguish it from the dozens of Rafales that had already visited the base. However, hidden inside the radome was the promise of an air combat revolution: the RBE2-AESA, the first European active electronically scanned...
  • French fighter-jet maker pushes Ottawa for decision on fleet

    01/23/2014 4:49:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 22, 2014 | DANIEL LEBLANC
    A French fighter-jet manufacturer is urging Ottawa to quickly launch a competition to find a replacement for its fleet of CF-18s, stating billions of dollars of work in Canada are at stake. Yves Robins, a vice-president at Dassault Aviation, said the Canadian government’s evaluation of the options to replace the CF-18s is nearing completion, meaning Ottawa could decide this year whether to launch a full and open competition. The alternative for the government would be to continue with its previous choice – stalled by a 2012 report by the Auditor-General – to buy a fleet of F-35 fighter jets directly...
  • Not an upgrade – rebirth (Israeli Kfir fighter)

    01/17/2014 2:39:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 14 January, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception. The Kfir (Lion Cub) fighter is a single-seat multitask fighter built by IAI. The aircraft was first built for the Israeli air force (IAF). The first Kfir was delivered to the IAF in 1975, and entered into service in 1976. The fighter...
  • India May Close Interim MMRCA Deal Soon – Plus MRTT

    With national elections looming in India, speculation is growing that contracts for the long-delayed medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), as well as the multi-role tanker transport (MRTT), could soon be signed. However, the MMRCA pact might cover only the supply of 18 Dassault Rafale aircraft from the French production line, leaving further negotiations for the remaining 108 required to be concluded by the new government. India announced its choice of the Rafale in January 2012. But negotiations subsequently stalled over offsets, the transfer of technology and the role of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL). Delays in procurement are taking a toll on...
  • Gulf chill over UK fighter sales

    12/13/2013 8:36:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 December 2013 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    • Huge deal to sell Typhoon fighters to UAE in doubt • Implications for other Gulf arms deals after Iran nuclear talks If there were any remaining doubts that arms sales take precedence over human rights or concerns about exacerbating regional tensions, the British government has been unashamedly quashing them. UK prime minister David Cameron and his defence secretary Philip Hammond have been busy trying to persuade the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to buy British Typhoon jets, following the example of Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Saudis, the UK's largest arms customer, have bought 72 Typhoons,...
  • Swiss Battle Could Be Euro-Canard Turning Point

    11/14/2013 9:52:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 15, 2013
    First it was Dassault with the Rafale and then it was Eurofighter with the Typhoon that competed for the favor of the UAE Air Force. In Oman, it was the Saab Gripen against the Typhoon. In Qatar, who knows? Around the world, Europe’s three rival fighters have been locked in virtual combat. For Europe this is not necessarily a good situation, but the result of Switzerland’s evaluation of the three–in which it first favored the Rafale and then selected Saab’s Gripen, could prove pivotal in other competitions. “This is a very bad situation,” said the head of the European Defence...
  • France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria

    10/03/2013 10:32:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2013
    France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria By Richard Clements According to to French weekly le Nouvel Observateur (LNO) France came within hours of striking Syrian Chemical weapons sites after thinking that the U.S had planned a huge attack on Sept. 1, 2013. The report states that French President Francois Hollande had convened a meeting early in the morning of August 31; the plan on how France was going to attack the chemical weapons sites was formed during this meeting. According to LNO the French planned to fly Rafale jets supported by French tankers...
  • Russian Missiles for India’s Rafales?

    09/13/2013 8:27:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | VLADIMIR KARNOZOV and CHRIS POCOCK
    Russian Missiles for India’s Rafales? Russia’s Tactical Missile Corporation is negotiating with Dassault Aviation for the possible use of its missiles on the Rafale combat jets that have been selected by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The corporation, whose Russian acronym is TRV, told journalists attending last week’s Maks airshow in Moscow that the Indian air force has large stocks of Russian air-launched weapons, which drives its interest in adapting them to the French warplane. Although the Rafale was named as the winner of India’s MMRCA competition in January 2012, a firm contract has still not been signed. Dassault did...
  • France May Cap Purchases of Rafale Combat Jets -Report

    03/22/2013 1:28:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Dow Jones ^ | 03/22/2013|
    France May Cap Purchases of Rafale Combat Jets -Report 03/22/2013| 01:34pm US/Eastern The French government is considering limiting its purchases of Rafale multi-role combat aircraft, made by Dassault Aviation SA (>> DASSAULT AVIATION), to 225 from the 286 planned over the life of the program, according to a report Friday on financial information website latribune.fr. Such a move would be part of a general effort by the government to scale back public spending in the coming years, the website reported, without citing sources. The report said the government hasn't yet decided on the exact number of aircraft it will purchase....
  • India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets

    01/17/2013 5:11:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets PARIS — India could buy up to 189 of the Rafale fighter jets currently being used by France to bomb Islamist militants in Mali, sources close to negotiations on the multi-billion dollar deal have told AFP. The possibility of an additional 63 jets being added to an expected order for 126 was raised by India when Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid visited Paris last week, they said. "There is an option for procurement of an additional 63 aircrafts subsequently for which a separate contract would need to be signed," a source...
  • The RAFALE Omnirole Fighter: Pushing Forward on New Air-to-Air Capabilities

    10/17/2012 5:26:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Dassault Aviation ^ | 15/10/2012
    The RAFALE Omnirole Fighter: Pushing Forward on New Air-to-Air Capabilities In October 2012, the RAFALE omnirole fighter reached two major milestones: the first delivery of a production aircraft equipped with the first production RBE2 AESA radar, and the initial successful testing of the new-generation, very long-range, METEOR air-to-air missile. Pushing forward on new air-to-air capabilities, the Rafale B301, operating from Cazaux DGA Flight Test Center in southwestern France, successfully completed, on October 4 then on October 10, two successful tests of the beyond visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Meteor. On December 22, 2010, the French defense procurement agency (DGA: Direction Générale...
  • India and Russia going to sign biggest-ever defence deal worth $ 35 billion

    08/18/2012 11:19:47 PM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 47 replies
    NEW DELHI: India's quest for a futuristic stealth fifth-generation fighter, which will see the country spend around $35 billion over the next 20 years in its biggest-ever defence project, has zoomed into the decisive phase now. India and Russia are getting all set to ink the full and final design or R&D phase contract for the 5th Gen fighter by this year-end or early-2013, say sources. It will again underline India's firm rejection of the US offer of its Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) or the F-35 'Lightning-II'. Ahead of the R&D contract, under which India wants to induct over 200...
  • Thunder at 100 feet: Flying France's Rafale Superfighter

    08/06/2012 6:06:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    NDTV, India ^ | August 03, 2012
    Thunder at 100 feet: Flying France's Rafale Superfighter "We will now enter the yellow potato." "Excuse me?" I ask Sébastien Dupont de Dinechin, a Rafale test pilot, otherwise known to his fellow as 3D. "Yes, look at the Head Level display, we enter the area which looks like a yellow potato and then we 'pickle' the weapon." Most Recent Jism 2 makes Rs. 21 crore in opening weekend Five things that Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif have in common Also See 1:03 NDTV's forthcoming show - Futuretech: Warfare 0:45 Flying to 8.5G "And then what?" I ask. "And then we...
  • Nuclear Missile Launch To Increase Rafale's Appeal for India

    06/22/2012 5:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defense World.net ^ | Jun 22, 2012
    Nuclear Missile Launch To Increase Rafale's Appeal for India Fri, Jun 22, 2012 09:27 CET The Rafale fighter aircraft has acquired nuclear deterrent capability following the successful first operational evaluation launch of a nuclear-capable missile carried out by the French Air Force. Winner of the Indian MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) contest, the fighter carried the ASMPA (Air Sol Moyenne Porte Ameliore) cruise missile, minus the nuclear warhead, to test its strike capabilities. The nuclear missile launch will add to the Rafale's multi-role capabilities and the Indian Air Force may get more than what it bargained for. The testing of...
  • Indian aircraft carrier enters sea trials as navy eyes Rafale

    06/13/2012 5:51:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Indian aircraft carrier enters sea trials as navy eyes Rafale Russia has commenced sea trials involving the Indian navy's refurbished aircraft carrier the INS Vikramaditya, as sources suggest the service could consider a future acquisition of the Dassault Rafale. Originally built for Russia as the Admiral Gorshkov, with a maximum displacement of 43,500t, the refitted and modernised vessel left Severodvinsk in the north of the country on 8 June for open-sea trials, preceeding its delivery to India in December. Once operational, the Vikramaditya will be capable of carrying 30 to 34 aircraft, including RSK MiG-29K deck-based fighters. Eugenia Legostaeva Sources...
  • Brazil and India discussing military accord based on the French Rafale fighter jet

    03/29/2012 5:38:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Merco Press ^ | March 27th 2012
    Brazil and India discussing military accord based on the French Rafale fighter jet President Dilma Rousseff plans to use her New Delhi visit later this week to sound out Indian leaders on the French Rafale fighter jet, which she is considering buying to beef up Brazil's air force. On Wednesday/Thursday Rousseff is to attend the New Delhi summit of the BRICS (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa) nations aiming to discuss increased cooperation among the five emerging powers, including the establishment of their own development bank. The next day Rousseff will begin a state visit in India, and officials...
  • Should Russia sell SU-35 to China?

    03/13/2012 7:24:45 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/12/2012 | Harry Kazianis
    Russia is reportedly close to finalizing a major sale of advanced fighter aircraft to China worth $4 billion. Such a sale, newsworthy in itself, would have been hard to imagine as recently as a few years ago considering the history of previous agreements. The anticipated deal, first reported by Kommersant, sees the two sides “practically agreed on the delivery of 48 Su-35 multirole fighters, worth $4 billion, to China.” Some reports suggest that Chinese officials have dismissed talk of such a deal. But if true, an agreement like this would certainly make sense for Beijing, giving China access to an...
  • France Could Loan Rafales to Royal Navy

    02/23/2012 7:44:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 3+ views
    defense-aerospace.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2012)
    France Could Loan Rafales to Royal Navy (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published Feb. 22, 2012) PARIS --- The Anglo-French defense initiative announced last week did not mention bilateral cooperation on aircraft carriers because Britain still has to firm up its intentions in this field, according to France’s top weapons buyer. Lauren Collet-Billon, head of the Direction Generale de l’Armement, said during a Feb. 22 press conference here that Britain still has to finalize its aircraft carrier plans, including major technical options such as the kind of catapults it wants to fit to its new aircraft carriers, and what kind of aircraft these...
  • The Real Reasons for Rafale’s Indian Victory

    02/16/2012 12:21:08 AM PST · by coldphoenix · 26 replies
    Defence Aerospace ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- While many observers cite technology transfer, prices and performance as being major factors in India’s selection of the Rafale as its next-generation fighter, reality is very different even if these factors obviously did play a significant role. In the same way that it is true that Rafale lost several competitions through no fault of its own, it must be recognized that its victory in India was also won, to a great extent, through no fault of its own. The real reason for its victory is political, and the long memory of Indian politicians was a major contributing factor....
  • Brazil "very likely" to choose French fighter - sources

    02/13/2012 7:13:21 PM PST · by cold start · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 Feb 2012
    Brazil is "very likely" to choose France's Rafale fighter jet to refurbish its air force, government sources say, a decision that would award one of the emerging-market world's most coveted defense contracts to a jet whose future was in doubt only two weeks ago. President Dilma Rousseff and her top advisers believe that Dassault Aviation's (AVMD.PA) bid to sell at least 36 Rafales offers the best terms among the three finalists, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The other two bidders in the competition are U.S.-based Boeing (BA.N) with its F-18 Super Hornet and Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST) with...
  • The Rafale's long flight to India

    02/12/2012 8:56:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Ajai Shukla
    The Rafale's long flight to India The selection of Dassault?s Rafale as India?s new MMRCA fighter was only the latest step in the Air Force?s long and painstaking process to pick itself a winner Ajai Shukla / February 11, 2012, 0:03 IST Long after the streets emptied that chilly winter evening in December 1981, lights were burning on the fifth floor of Vayu Bhavan in the elite Operations Branch of the Indian Air Force. Worrying the brightest thinkers of IAF was a brash new arrival in the subcontinental skies. The US had just announced the sale of 40 F-16 fighters...
  • Brazil "very likely" to choose French fighter jet: sources

    02/12/2012 7:22:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 12, 2012 | Brian Winter
    Brazil "very likely" to choose French fighter jet: sources SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil is "very likely" to choose France's Rafale fighter jet to refurbish its air force, government sources say, a decision that would award one of the emerging-market world's most coveted defense contracts to a jet whose future was in doubt only two weeks ago. President Dilma Rousseff and her top advisers believe that Dassault Aviation's (AVMD.PA) bid to sell at least 36 Rafales offers the best terms among the three finalists, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The other two bidders are Boeing's (BA.N) F-18...
  • Rafale wins Indian MMRCA competition

    01/31/2012 4:06:20 AM PST · by IndianChief · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | 31 Jan 2012 | Times of India
    A scroll on the home page of the Times of India says that the French Rafale has beaten the Eurofighter for the 126 (and prolly many more) plane MMRCA deal.
  • UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft'

    01/26/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence Management ^ | 26 January 2012
    UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft' 26 January 2012 Ministry of Defence concerns over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have led to military chiefs looking at other fast jets for the UK's aircraft carrier, it has been reported. According to The Times, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, the current commander-in-chief fleet, said concerns were growing about rising costs and delays in the JSF programme, something now worsened by order cuts from the US. Soar, who was addressing defence companies at the ADS Maritime Interest Group, reportedly said the UK might not receive the $100m per piece F-35 jets until...
  • France warns of end of Rafale fighter jet production

    12/07/2011 8:17:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | 07 December 2011
    France warns of end of Rafale fighter jet production PARIS: France warned on Wednesday that defence giant Dassault would halt production of its Rafale multirole fighter jet if it remains unable to sell any abroad. "If Dassault doesn't sell any Rafales abroad, the production line... will be stopped" once France has received the 180 aircraft it has ordered, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet told a small group of journalists including AFP. France considers the twin-motor delta-wing Rafale a state-of-the-art warplane but has struggled to find any foreign buyers to support the project that has so far cost over 40 billion euros...
  • UAE criticizes 'unworkable' French fighter bid

    11/16/2011 7:11:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/16/2011 | ADAM SCHRECK
    UAE criticizes 'unworkable' French fighter bid By ADAM SCHRECK, AP Business Writer – 5 minutes ago DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France's Dassault Aviation is seeking unacceptable terms for the sale of up to 60 Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, a senior Emirati military official said Wednesday, casting serious doubt on the future of the highly anticipated arms deal. The comments from the deputy supreme commander of the UAE's armed forces, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, come just days after a different European defense consortium unexpectedly said it had been asked by the Emirati air...
  • French Push Hard to Clinch Jet Deal with UAE

    11/10/2011 8:13:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Media Line ^ | November 10, 2011 | Arieh O’Sullivan
    French Push Hard to Clinch Jet Deal with UAE Written by Arieh O’Sullivan First foreign sale for French jet may go to Arab nation Fresh from battle experience over Libya, a French Rafale jet is heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to strut its stuff amid a heavy pitch to finally clinch a deal for the first foreign sale of the fighter aircraft. The sleek Rafale, built by Dassault Aviation, is expected to fly at the biennial Dubai Air Show, a five-day jamboree of top aviation, defense and aerospace executives, which begins on Sunday. French officials have recently hinted...
  • “Omnirole” Rafale Steals Lead Over Eurofighter Typhoon in Libyan Operations

    11/01/2011 8:10:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defenseworld.net ^ | Nov 1, 2011
    “Omnirole” Rafale Steals Lead Over Eurofighter Typhoon in Libyan Operations Our Bureau Tue, Nov 1, 2011 07:34 CET While NATO forces fielded the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the UN-mandated war against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, details emerging from briefings by the U.K. and French air forces about the use of their respective fighters tell that the Rafale was the primary attack plane while the Eurofighter Typhoon provided intelligence through its targeting pods. With the Libyan hostilities over, the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon face off one another in an estimated $11 billion tender for India’s Medium Multirole...
  • The Rafael in The Afghan Operations: Reconnaissance Pods Used Effectively

    10/11/2011 10:14:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Rafael in The Afghan Operations: Reconnaissance Pods Used Effectively 10/11/2011 During the French operations in Afghanistan, the reconnaissance pods on the Rafael provided to be a key asset. The tactical aircraft provided dynamic targeting data and were able to work with the sea-bases to work an intervention and strike picture to guide the entire French air operation. This was the first time these new assets were used off of the Raphael. During a recent visit to Paris, Second Line of Defense sat down with Vice Admiral (Retired) Richard Wilmot-Roussel, now the naval advisor to the head of Dassault Aviation....
  • Carrying hopes of so many (Eurofighter)

    09/29/2011 8:27:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    blackpoolgazette.co.uk ^ | 29 September 2011
    Carrying hopes of so many BAE's mighty Eurofighter Typhoon - built and developed on the Fylde Coast Published on Thursday 29 September 2011 14:10 IN April 1994, workers watched with pride as the Typhoon -– then still called Eurofighter – took off from the Warton airfield for its maiden flight in the UK. All those present knew the significance of the occasion. For riding on the plane’s success were the jobs of thousands of people. Since then, 108 of the aircraft have rolled off the Warton production line, and they have seen active service, including most recently in Libya. The...
  • Dassault uses Libya war to boost Rafale

    09/20/2011 8:50:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Dassault uses Libya war to boost Rafale Published: Sept. 20, 2011 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Dassault Aviation hopes to capitalize on France's participation with the United Arab Emirates in the air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's crumbling regime in Libya to promote the sale of 60 Rafale multi-role jets to the Persian Gulf state. The leading French aircraft builder sent a team of executives to Abu Dhabi, the emirates' capital, Sept. 3 to kick start negotiations that have dragged on for three years. The deal is potentially worth $9 billion-$10 billion and Dassault is desperate to sign...