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. We are also looking for a second contract with India," Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation made the comments during an interview with a French regional newspaper, Sud-Ouest Sunday.
Trappier said that the company will soon conclude a fourth contract of Rafale jets abroad, but will only be confirmed in 2018. So far, India has ordered 36, Egypt and Qatar have ordered for 24 Rafale fighters each.
Malaysia had earlier denied that it has short-listed Dassault and Eurofighter for its multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) competition, keeping hopes alive for other contenders such as Gripen.
“We still are not ready for a decision, but we take note of Rafale’s success in other nations,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had said during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Kuala Lumpur in March this year.
Malaysia’s defence minister Hishamuddin Hussain had 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 had said the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen “are still in the running”.
Malaysia is still not ready to decide on the purchase of fighter jets from French Dassault. “We still are not ready for a decision, but we take note of Rafales success in other nations,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday
Malaysias defence minister Hishamuddin Hussain has squashed reports that the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon had been shortlisted for the Malaysian air forces 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”
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
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
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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,
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