France has pitched for a wide-ranging military contract with Belgium including the sale of Rafale fighter jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation.
The Rafale, manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation, is competing on the Belgian contract with Lockheed Martin's F-16, Boeing F/A-18, Eurofighter Typhoon and Sweden’s Saab Grippen, Reuters reported Thursday.
Belgium launched a tender in March to replace its ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 planes with 34 new fighters, in a deal that could be worth more than 3.5 billion euros (3.21 billion pounds).
However, the French defence ministry said apart from the supply of equipment, Paris was offering a partnership, including enhanced military cooperation between the two countries, training, and industrial and technical cooperation between companies from both countries.
A French official said Paris had offered the deal instead of responding to the tender offer, which closed earlier on Thursday. The Eurofighter consortium and Lockheed Martin submitted their bids earlier in the day.
France has decided to arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against IS militants, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday. The decision will initially apply only to the six unarmed Reaper surveillance drones that France bought from the United States
Air France-KLM has expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea after the companys flight carrying 323 people missed an area close to Pyong Yang's ballistic missile path by about 10 minutes last week. Last Fridays close encounter between the missile and Air France Flight 293 has raised fears that North Koreas missile tests may pose a threat to airlines operating in the region
An associate of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged in France with receiving bribes worth 30 million euros in a 2002 deal to buy two Scorpene submarines from the French company DCNS (now Naval Group). PM Razaks former adviser Abdul Razak Baginda was charged in France on July 18 with "active and passive complicity in corruption" and "misappropriation of corporate assets", the French judicial source told AFP
Frances Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has offered to expand shipbuilding cooperation with Italy into naval vessels to renegotiate STX France shipyard ownership deal. Le Maire said in an interview published on Sunday by Le Journal du Dimanche that he will open renegotiations in Rome on August 1, Reuters reports
Belgium will receive seven A400M transport aircraft from Airbus between 2020 and 2023. The aircraft are part of the contract signed by Belgium in 2001 to replace the aging C-130s
Dassault Aviation announced Tuesday that it has begun exercising an option to deliver more Rafale fighter jets to Qatar. The firm said that it has received Qatars down payment for a follow-on batch of 12 Rafale fighters, bringing into force the order it awarded in December last year
Jankel has secured a contract from the Belgium Ministry of Defence (BeMOD) to supply the countrys military with a new fleet of specialist tactical vehicles. The contract will see Jankel execute the delivery of 199 Light Troop Transport Vehicles (LTTV) using the Mercedes UNIMOG platform to the Belgium army
Frances Ministry of the Armed Forces has awarded a contract to integrate Thales' Universal Electronic Warfare Capability (CUGE) on board three Falcon Epicure jets. This new programme will strengthen electronic intelligence capabilities and thereby help the French Armed Forces to perform their strategic information gathering functions to better anticipate eventualities
France has not submitted formal offer to Belgiums bid to replace its aging F-16 fighter jets, has now offered economic and technology partnerships to sell Rafale fighter jets. Belgium had called for tenders in March to replace its ageing fleet of 34 F-16 fighter aircraft for an estimated $4
Rafale International (comprising Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales) presented their contribution to the Make in India policy as part of the Rafale Offset program and presented the potential opportunities for French SMEs to also invest and set up production activities in India. Rafale International has won a contract to sell 36 Rafale jets to the Indian Air Force and has to execute 50% offsets as part of the deal
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