Fresh from signing a contract to supply 36 Dassault Rafale jets to India, France is looking at Malaysia as the next possible buyer of its multi-role fighter.
Malaysia and Canada have competitions to acquire new fighter aircraft in which Dassault is a bidder but Dassault CEO Eric Trappier is more optimistic on the Asian country. Talking about the chances of the Rafale in future competitions where it would up against the American fighter jets such as the F-16 and F/A-18 Super Hornet, Trappier was quoted as saying by a French publication, Challenges, “we are not like America, we have to build a good plane.”
Reading between the lines of Trappier’s statement, is an admission of American political pressure for countries to buy its aircraft and that for the French to compete in such an environment their aircraft has to be better than the competition.
The Malaysian procurement is considered a good opportunity by Boeing which manufactures the F/A-18. Malaysia is retiring older versions of F/A-18s in service with its Air Force. Saab which has sold its Gripen fighters to Thailand is also considered a good bet especially when it beat the French in the deal to sell jets to Brazil.
Regarding Canada, which re-opened the competition after public pressure to reject the super-expensive F-35, the French are not so optimistic given ‘American pressure’ on its northern neighbour. Canada has invited Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Dassault to bid for its fighter acquisition program. But many industry pundits expect the ultimate winner to be an American plane.
However, the Indian contract would give an advantage to Dassault like none other. A French diplomat was quoted as saying in a French publication, Le Maghreb, "the Indians are downright formidable as negotiators," meaning that the aircraft and the terms of purchase are the only issues that mattered in the negotiations. Unlike in many other defence deals all around the world where bilateral relations and political groups (NATO countries buying only from fellow NATO countries) matter more than the technical merits of the equipment.
Thales welcomed Indo-French signing of the deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters asserting the equipment used in the fighters made by the French company. Thales provides radar, electronic warfare systems, optronics and communication navigation and identification system (CNI) and other components to Dassaults Rafale fighter aircraft
India and France have inked Euro 7.8 billion deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighters, the first fighters are expected to arrive in 36 months from today
Indias cabinet last night okayed the Dassault Rafale fighter jet contract signing which the French Defence Minister Le Drian is expected to witness together with his Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar on Friday. The Euro 7
The nuclear weapons delivery capability of the Dassault Rafale and France shifting this year from Mirage 2000 to Rafale for its strategic strike role might have helped clinch the aircraft deal in India. “The deciding factor in buying the Rafales, even though in such small numbers was its ability to be used as airborne strategic delivery system,”
The French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is likely to visit India to conclude the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets next week. Le Drian is expected to arrive on September 23 in Delhi to conclude the IGA,
Formal conclusion of the Euro 7.87 billion Indo-French Deal to Buy 36 Rafale fighters could be close at hand as a French working team has arrived in the Indian capital
Dassaults success in selling the Rafale fighter jet to India could lift its chances in Malaysia where it has been shortlisted along with the Eurofighter. The French aircraft manufacturer could leverage its offsets deal in India along with the spares and support it is to provide the Indian Air Force(IAF) for the lifetime of the aircraft to achieve economies of scale in Malaysia
Malaysia is likely to sign a contract from China to buy littoral mission ships during Prime Minister Najib Razak visit to Beijing next week. If the purchase takes place, it would be Malaysia's significant contract with China in the wake of rising tensions in South China
The French Dassault which clinched the biggest export deal with India for its Rafale fighter jet, is not in the running for now to manufacture the same fighters under the ‘Make In India Program. The IAF has received “unsolicited offers” from Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Saab for building their fighters in India - the F-16 Block 70, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Gripen E respectively, the Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said during the course of a press conference in New Delhi yesterday
The delivery of the 36 Rafale fighters India has ordered from France may arrive ‘slightly earlier than the scheduled time of 36 months, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said. “As per terms of the deal it is 36 months (during which the delivery has to start), but it may come slightly earlier
Indian Reliance Group and Dassault Aviation have announced a joint venture (JV) to execute $3.3 billion worth offset contract as part of the Rafale fighter jet deal
France has selected Heckler & Koch HF 416F assault rifle to replace its domestically-produced bullpup-styled FAMAS. The Directorate-General of Armaments (DGA) announced last week that it awarded the contract to a consortium formed by Heckler & Koch France SAS and Heckler & Koch GmbH on September 22, 2016 for the Future Individual Weapon (AIF) program
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