Qatar could intensify its interest in procuring Rafale jets when its new Emir, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported on Wednesday.
La Tribune, citing various sources, said that the Emir might announce during his visit that Qatar had opted for the Rafale and would open exclusive talks with Dassault Aviation.
Negotiations would last about a year but the contract would be less complex than one signed with India, a source close to the matter told La Tribune.
France, which expects to slow down the rate of production of the planes owing to a lack of export orders, and Qatar resumed talks on the matter in March, according to reports.
The Rafale is in competition with the Eurofighter built by British group BAE Systems, Finmeccanica of Italy and by the defence arm of the European conglomerate Airbus Group.
The Indian Air Forces Su-30MKIs and the French Rafale fighters will come together for a ten-day air exercise called the 'Garuda-5', aimed at training the pilots and crew of Indian and French fighters in air superiority operation in Rajasthan's Jodhpur airbase from June 3. The French composition for the Garuda- 5 will include four Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft and one air-refueler aircraft with more than 100 personnel
The Dassault Rafale, winner of the Indian MMRCA deal, can “easily” meet all the requirements of Qatars defence needs for the present and the future, a top Dassault Aviation (DA) official said recently. Benoît Dussaugey, DAs senior executive vice-president (international), told Gulf Times that the French company was in the race to win the multi-billion dollar contract for new fighter jets for Qatars Emiri Air Force and was “very confident” of its chances given the “excellent capability” of its aircraft
India has finally sealed a work share agreement with the French-firm Dassault Aviation for building 70 per cent of the Rafale fighters domestically, according to New Delhi Television. India will acquire 18 of the 126 Rafale fighter jets it is buying from France in "fly away" condition, and the rest will be manufactured by the local firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
As Indias negotiations with Dassault for the sale of 126 Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) drag into its third year, questions are being raised if the Indian MoD had all aspects of cost covered before selecting the French aircraft manufacturer as the lowest bidder or ‘L1. At the time of announcing the final winner, the Indian MoD had said that both the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon had met the technical qualifications as outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP)
India will not sign a $20 billion deal to acquire fighter jets for the Indian Air Force till the next fiscal year, Defence Minister A.K
Dassault Aviation has successfully flight tested RAFALE under a new heavily-armed configuration. It comprises six AASM Hammer missiles, four medium and long range air-to-air missiles from the MICA family, two METEOR missiles, and three 2,000 liter fuel tanks
Boeing announced Monday that Qatar has signed an agreement with it for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF) existing fleet of four and help meet their ongoing airlift requirements
Thales was awarded a contract to supply the Qatar Armed Forces with a military satellite communications system. The ground segment supplied by Thales will provide Qatari ground and naval forces with a long-range communications capability to enhance national security and protect vital interests
Lockheed Martin received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U
Dassault Systems today announced the completion of the acquisition of Quintiq, an on-premise and on-cloud supply chain and operations planning and optimization software provider for approximately $322 million. Quintiq has 800 employees and offerings include production, logistics and workforce planning applications
Qatar plans to buy US Patriot missile batteries, Apache attack helicopters and Javelin air-defense systems in an arms deal worth $11 billion, Pentagon reported Monday. The sale will provide Qatar with roughly 10 batteries for Patriot, 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles
Indias $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made. The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made
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