Dassault is preparing to recieve a contract for 72 Rafale jets from Qatar marking its first export order.
According to a French government official, a contract would probably come in two batches of 36 aircraft. Negotiations would last about a year but the contract would be less complex than one signed with India.
The deal with Qatar will mark Dassault's first export contract before it completes negotiations with India for 126 fight aircraft.
The Rafale was in competition with the Euro fighter Typhoon and Boeing’s Super Hornet F-18 and F-15 Strike Eagle.
Benoît Dussaugey, DA’s senior executive vice-president (international), last year, said that the “whole world acknowledges the high performance of Rafale” and also pointed out that while it was true Saudi Arabia went ahead with its Typhoon jet deal, the UAE had backed out of it citing budgetary restraints.
Since June 2, four Rafale fighters of the French air forces 3/30 “Lorraine” squadron have deployed at Jodhpur air base, in India, to take part in the bilateral “Garuda” exercise. This is the fifth time the two countries hold this exercise, which will end on June 13
Ahead of the conclusion of the financial negotiations in the MMRCA deal, Dassault has pulled out all stops in raising its sales pitch to the Indian government. Showcasing its full might, the Rafale is participating for the first time in the Garuda V exercises against the Indian Air Forces Su-30s
The Rafale fighter detachment stationed at the tactical air base in Malbork, Poland was relieved by Mirage 2000 fighters, according to the French Air Force. The relief force consists of two Mirage 2000-5 from Luxeuil Air Base and two Mirage 2000Cs from Orange air base
The French navys Flotille 11F combat aviation squadron, based at Landivisiau, has taken delivery of its first Tranche 4 Rafale Marine, designated Rafale M40. This aircraft is the first to be equipped with systems and equipment that substantially improve its combat capabilities as well as its air defense missions for the protection of national airspace
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
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
The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the first of the ten Rafale F1 naval jets upgraded to F3 standard for expanded mission capabilities on October 3, 2014. The upgrade is intended to ensure the Navy operates a homogeneous fleet of F3 standard aircraft
French Rafale fighter jets carried out air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) targets Friday, according to media reports. Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and it were “entirely destroyed,” President Francois Hollande was reported as saying
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
The $22 billion fighter aircraft deal between India and Dassault is close to being inked, Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Arup Raha said Wednesday. Raha said a deadline for finalization of the deal had not been set but added "it`s going to happen soon"
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