Malaysia’s defence minister Hishamuddin Hussain has squashed reports that the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon had been shortlisted for the Malaysian air force’s multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) requirement.
Asked if the ministry would settle for Eurofighter Typhoon by BAE Systems or the Rafale by Dassault Aviation, he said the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen “are still in the running”.
The defence minister was quoted by a Malaysian publication, Star as having made the comments during the concluding press conference of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show.
The minister’s statement comes amidst wild speculation that the four year old competition had been narrowed down to French and European choices.
The presence of Saab and Boeing at the LIMA show where they spoke about the relative merits of their respective aircraft further consolidated the view that they were still in the running.
Dassault and BAE Systems, the companies leading the Rafale and Eurofighter competitions respectively were most active in terms of PR and visibility. The former more so.
Representatives of Dassault were seen handing over Rafale gift packages to anybody in a Malaysian military uniform. Rafale also took Malaysian government’s Treasury secretary-general Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah on a joy ride in the two-seater aircraft. Abdullah later told the media, “This is the first time I have ever been on board a jet fighter and it is such a fun experience.”
Endorsing the aircraft, he said that the Dassault Rafale was a quality modern jet fighter, which was fitted with the latest technologies that make it a highly capable platform on the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.
“I hope the Defence Ministry will seriously consider obtaining the aircraft in the future,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.
Eurofighter on the other hand had an aircraft on static display and an audio visual and simulator presentation at its stand where its representatives thanked the British government for taking up Typhoon’s procurement case with Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Defense ministry's top official is promoting France's Dassault Rafale fighter jet as the SouthEast Asian country considers to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft. French President Francois Hollande is likely to make a pitch for the Rafale, made by Dassault Aviation SA, when he and his team visit Malaysia next week, an official in Malaysias defence ministry said on Wednesday
Dassault plans to deliver 45 Falcon and nine Rafale fighter jets in 2017 and expects to increase 2017 net sales given the Rafale export net sales. Of the nine Rafales, one will be delivered to France and the rest to Egypt, Dassault mentioned as part of the forecast in the financial press statement released Wednesday
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
The Indian MoD has reportedly cleared payment of the first installment of the deal for 36 Rafale combat aircraft with France. The payment amounting to 15% of the contract value, was cleared recently, an Indian defence website said
Malaysia will either order Dassault Rafale or Eurofighter Typhoon fighters for its new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) program to replace its Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters. “By the year 2020 we have to make a decision on the [purchase of the] MRCAs
Germany and Spain are likely to suspend assembly of Eurofighter jets temporarily or permanently due to lack of contracts and complexity of the production process. The final assembly of the jets is likely to be suspended in Germany at least until 2018
Malaysia has dropped plans to buy new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) to replace its aging MiG-29 fighters and will look at upgrading its aerial surveillance capabilities to counter militancy threats. Malaysia has shelved those plans for now as it looks to boost aerial surveillance that will be critical in its fight against militancy; Reuters reported quoting defense ministry sources as saying Friday
Dassault will be the biggest investor in Indias defense sector under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) following the Rafale fighter jet deal. The first tranche of FDI, about INR 200 crore ($31 million) is likely to come by July,
Indian Air Force has finalized plans to accommodate two squadrons of Rafale fighter jets that the country is receiving from France at Ambala on the Western front and Hashimara on the East. Hashimara was chosen by the air force in West Bengal long before and recently Ambala in Haryana they opted for the aircraft that would be arriving from France from 2019,
French aircraft maker, Dassault Aviation has confirmed that it is in talks with Malaysia for the sale of 18 Rafale fighter jets. "Dassault is in talks with Malaysia for their 18 aircraft requirement
Eurofighter Typhoon has completed a simultaneous firing of two MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles as part of a major program to integrate the weapon on to the aircraft. The test was conducted using Airbus Defence & Space Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 with the support of BAE Systems, Eurofighter GmbH, MBDA and the UK‘s Ministry of Defence
The 500th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered today to the Italian Air Force during a special ceremony held at Leonardo Aircraft Divisions Turin site. Lt
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