France's Foreign Minister has hinted that UAE could be the third potential customer for Dassault Rafale, after Egypt and India.
Speaking to reporters, French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius referring to talks with crown prince of Abu Dhabi (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan regarding Rafale said, "There is a French proverb that says France come in threes (Jamais deux sans trois...). I strongly believe in the proverb,” he said.
"I hope we will have good news, and we are working. It looks pretty,” confirmed Fabius, the discussions could accelerate in the coming months.
Fabius was in Riyadh on Sunday to express support for Saudi Arabia’s battle against Iran-backed rebels in neighboring Yemen.
For many years, France and the UAE are engaged in negotiations on the sale of 60 Rafale aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation, but negotiations were stalled lately.
However, the back to back sale of 24 Rafale fighters to Egypt in February and 36 to India which was decided last Friday during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France might have triggered other purchases amid regional conflicts in the Middle East.
France is also looking at Malaysia for the sale of 16 Rafale. Eurofighter has also submitted an offer to the Malaysian air force.
In February, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, had said that Malaysia was closely monitoring the progress of discussions with India. These discussions leading, the country could soon make its decision.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to sign a major defence deal with France to buy 60 Rafale fighter jets in a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday. Three squadrons of about 60 jets are to be bought in a new contract between the Government of India and Government of France, CNN IBN reported Friday
Dassault has offered a 10 year financial package to Malaysia from a French bank guaranteed by the government of France for procurement of its Rafale fighter jet, Bernama News Agency reported Wednesday. Cairo recently acquired 24 Rafale combat aircraft and a multi-mission frigate and associated equipment from Dassault Aviation worth 5
Rafale is looking at widening areas of collaborations with Malaysian partners during LIMA exhibition 2015. Rafale announced Monday that it is showcasing its two seater and single seater fighter aircraft during the expo
Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar today said that multi-billion dollar MMRCA deal with Rafale fighter jet is not yet finalized and will take more time. “Rafale deal is not through or final
Dassault Aviation and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be ‘joint prime contractors to manufacture 118 Rafale fighters in India clearing the way as to who will assume responsibility for timely delivery and quality of the aircraft. Negotiations between Indian MoD and Dassault have been deadlocked over the past three years over various issues, many of which have been cleared but assuming responsibility for the aircraft made in India was considered the major stumbling block
Egypt has agreed to buy 46 MiG-29 fighter jets worth US $2 billion from Russia, Vedomosti news daily reported Monday. This is the largest order for MiG aircraft since Soviet disintegration
Negotiations between Indian and French Governments to buy 36 Dassault Rafale fighter could take months, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier said. “It is a matter of a few weeks to a few months”, Trappier said in an interview to Le Figaro newspaper ahead of signing ceremony in Qatar to buy 24 Dassault Rafale aircraft for the tiny gulf state
The French government announced today that Qatar has agreed to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets taking the total export tally of Dassaults aircraft order to 84. Qatar becomes the third country after Egypt and India to confirm orders for the Rafale fighters
France is eyeing to divert Rafale jets from its own military production in order to fulfill Indias urgent requirement for 36 warplanes, Press Trust Of India reported Thursday. The French are working out the modalities and nitty-gritty and will finalize once Indian and French government start talking in detail, French defense sources were quoted as saying
Indias recently announced $6 billion deal to procure 36 Rafale jets from France in ‘fly-away condition is likely to have 30 percent offset clause amounting to about $2 billion, Local media reported Wednesday. Sources said the government is likely to insist Dassault Aviation, the manufacturers of Rafale, to rope in the Indian private sector, a global chain supplier to Dassault and its associates
The decision of the Indian and the French governments to enter into a government-to-government deal for procurement of Rafale fighter aircrafts by the IAF has actually negated the whole exercise of creating the most detailed RFP ever circulated. Of course, the life cycle costing (LCC) mechanism that was developed for the discovery of the correct price of various offers
Bell-Boeing’s Navy-specific CMV-22B Osprey Marks First Flight
India Approves Defence Deals Worth $718M
Russian GLONASS Satellites Guided Iranian Missiles to US Target in Iraq
S Korean Ships to Secure Strait of Hormuz, but not Join US...
Algeria In Talks With Russia for a Dozen Su-57 Jets
Junked Railway Rake Mistook for Indian ICBM
France “Obstructing” Turkey-Eurosam Missile Defence System Project: Turkish Official
Turkey All But Gives up on F-35 Jet Deal, Seeks Alternatives
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...