French company Safran, which manufactures the M88 engine of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft plans to increase its thrust from 7.5 tone to nine tons.
La Tribune newspaper said yesterday quoting CEO of Safran, Philippe Petitcolin that, the engine upgrade in terms of thrust was necessary as the Rafale had grown heavier over the years due to addition of weapons and other systems.
He said that the original thrust of the Rafale engine was the same since the launch of the French fighter. The Rafale was designed over two decades ago.
However, the upgrade issue had not been discussed with Dassault Aviation, the Safran CEO added.
"It is time to ask the question whether it is appropriate to launch a study that would increase the engine thrust. Technically we can do. We are in discussion with the relevant authorities to see if possible. and if so, under what conditions and at what level of performance, it would be desirable to improve it, said Philippe Petitcolin (the quote has been translated from French).
He disclosed that the UAE which was considering to buy the fighter a few years ago had asked that the engine thrust be increased between eight to nine tons before abandoning the project.
The UAE and France have since renewed talks to buy the Rafale after its recent success in Egypt and Qatar and its selection by India.
Since France has offered a fresh proposal to break the impasse over Rafale deal, a delegation of Indian and French officials met on Wednesday afternoon. “During the meeting, it was believed that French authorities gave a fresh proposal with amendments to make the Rafale deal more attractive
India apart from the designated price for the 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France will have to bear the cost of weapons that would be integrated to the fighter aircraft. The cost of the ammunition suite of the Dassault Rafale will be an additional element to the final price of the aircraft being negotiated between India and France, sources in the Anglo-French weapons manufacturer, MBDA told
The Indo-French negotiations for buying 36 Rafale have again hit a deadlock over the issue of price with Indian Defense Minister saying that there would be no deal until the price was right. "The price is the problem that needs to be resolved as long as I do not get the right price, I cannot sign, but we resolved the other issues in terms of safeguards; procurement and manufacturing methods " Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said on India Today news channel Thursday
Dassault Aviation CEO, Eric Trappier said Tuesday that the company is still in discussions with India over a possible purchase of additional twin-engine Rafale fighter jets. “A separate tender by India for a single-engine fighter jet was independent of the Rafale order and would not impact negotiations,” Eric Trappier was quoted as saying by Reuters
India and France have negotiated a deal for 36 Dassault fighter aircraft worth 7.8 billion euros with close to 2
Safran has decided to place all of its companies under a single banner and brand name – Safran. The Safran logo therefore becomes the sole emblem representing all Group companies
UAE is likely to defer a decision to procure 60 Rafale jets from France to 2017 or 2018. The order could also be divided into three tranches of 20 aircraft each
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