Dassault Aviation has recorded a 20% downfall in sales last year.
However, the manufacturer of the Rafale fighters and Falcon business jets announced an increase of 11% in order intake in 2014, bringing its backlog 8.22 billion Euros.
"The figure of 2014 consolidated sales of 3,680 million euros, against 4.593 million euros in 2013," Dassault Aviation said in a press statement.
"66 new Falcons were delivered in 2014 against 77 in 2013. 11 Rafale were delivered in 2014, as in 2013," the group added.
France is expecting to close the deal of 126 Rafale fighters with India before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits France and Germany in April.
Egypt is also hoping to buy 20 Rafales under a 5 to 6 billion Euro contract, La Tribune newspaper reported during the French delegation of the Treasury visit to Cairo last week. If the deal goes through, it would be the third success for Dassault after India and Qatar.
Egypt and France are close to signing a 5 to 6 billion Euro contract for the sale of twenty Rafale and two FREMM multi-mission frigates. La Tribune newspaper said on its website today that a French delegation of the Treasury visited Cairo earlier this week to assess the security of Egypt in the event of an agreement with the French manufacturers
Dassault has offered the latest version of the Rafale fighter, the F3R for nearly double the price of the F3 version it originally bid with in the Indian fighter aircraft competition. The company is reportedy insisting that India take the latest version as the French company is upgrading aircraft in the French Air Force to the F3R version and all future aircraft manufactured will be of the latest version
A French delegation is likely to visit India again this month to discuss about the much-delayed multi-billion dollar contract on 126 Rafale fighter aircraft, as India is considering buying more Russian Su-30MKI warplanes in case the deal falls through. Recalling his discussions with his French counterpart last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said talks are on over the deal
Indias $20 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project for 126 Rafale fighters that is reportedly stalled in the final stages will be the crux of discussions when French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calls on his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on his three day visit to New Delhi next week. There hasnt been much progress in the stalled MMRCA deal for the last one year
The Indian MMRCA deal with Dassault is expected to be concluded by the end of this fiscal year, according to Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier. The final phase of exclusive negotiations on the contract, estimated at $15 billion, should conclude within India's current budget year ending in March 2015, Trappier told reporters in Paris, according to local media
The French Air Force evaluated a new version of the Dassault Rafale fighter designated as the F3.4 plus with improved software and safety features
France has closed a €5.2 billion ($5
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