India is close to signing a contract to equip its Dassault Rafales with Rafael’s Litening targeting pod to enable the aircraft to fly intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions.
"The advanced sensors will be manufactured by a local company that is jointly owned by Rafael and an Indian partner," Yuval Miller, head of the Israeli company’s air and C4I systems division was quoted as saying by FlightGlobal.
The Rafale is a multi-role aircraft, and the Litening gives it the flexibility to deal with ground and air targets with the same efficiency, he said Monday in the report.
New Delhi present plan is to acquire initial Rafale for 36 of the French-built aircraft, but Dassault is already eyeing follow-on sales opportunities with the Indian air force and navy.
The Indian air force already uses the Rafael-produced pod on several types of combat aircraft, having acquired the system in the Litening III standard.
Rafael also is to supply its advanced 4I version of the system for use by the Aeronautical Development Agency’s Tejas light combat aircraft.
Indian Air Force Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Birender Singh Dhanoa will visit France from 17-20 July where he will call on the headquarters of French Air Force and a few operational Air Bases. The CAS is planned to visit the facilities of Dassault Aviation where the Rafale aircraft meant for India are to be built
Dassault Aviation along with its Reliance Defence hosted an event in cooperation with key Rafale suppliers, Thales, Safran and MBDA to promote Business to Business (B2B) interactions between the French and Indian Aerospace manufacturers in Delhi today. This event represents over 60 Indian Companies and 25 French Companies in New Delhi, the company announced in a statement Wednesday
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,
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
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
India's successful testing of its Nag anti-armor missile could jeopardize a potential deal to purchase Spike Missile from Rafael of Israel worth US$500 million, reports appearing in Israeli media suggest. The fate of the deal is again clouded in doubt with India continuing to develop its own anti-tank missile, which will compete with the Israeli missile
Israels Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering its Trophy Active Protection System and Spike missiles for Australias LAND 400 armored vehicles program and plans to open a local company in the country. “In order to meet the anticipated demand, Rafael will be opening a local company in Australia to jointly produce the SPIKE missiles with Australias Varley and will be purchasing metal for various system from Australia's Bisalloy Steel Group,” the company announced on Monday
The Indian Air Force is readying two frontline bases for the deployment of the first squadron of Rafale fighters scheduled for delivery from September 2019. The government has sanctioned INR 220 Crore (US$ 33
Israeli Rafael in partnership with Australian Varley will open a Spike LR2 anti-tank missile production and assembly facility in Australia. Varley Australia has partnered with Rafael to deliver Australian production and assembly of Spike missiles
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to acquire an additional 36 Dassault Rafale jets over the proposed procurement of Russias Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).
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