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 Qatar’s down payment for a follow-on batch of 12 Rafale fighters, bringing into force the order it awarded in December last year.
When fully delivered, Qatar’s fleet will comprise 36 Rafales. It follows the contract signed on 4 May 2015 between the State of Qatar and Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 24 Rafale aircraft. It was worth €6.3 billion and included MBDA Meteor long-range and Scalp cruise missiles.
The Rafale fighters will be equipped with Lockheed Martin Sniper laser targeting pods. Additionally, they will be stripped of the capability to deliver nuclear weapons and will also lose NATO standard communications capabilities that were fitted for the French Air Force and Navy.
Qatar and France today signed $12 billion in deals including the purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale jets with an option to buy 36 more fighter planes. The deals were signed between Qatar's Emir and French President Emmanuel Macron during the French president's visit to Doha on Thursday
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
Dassault may be signing deals with Egypt and Qatar to sell 12 Rafale fighter jets to each of them within the next two months. Egypt and Qatar could convert their options on 12 additional Rafale fighters each by the end of the year and order 24 aircraft altogether, according to the LaTribune publication
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 Frances Dassault Aviation, is competing on the Belgian contract with Lockheed Martin's F-16, Boeing F/A-18, Eurofighter Typhoon and Swedens Saab Grippen,
Qatar made a down payment today to BAE Systems to secure a deal from the UK to buy 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets and nine Hawks besides a training package altogether worth about GBP 5 Billion in a deal underwritten by UK Export Finance. UK Export Finances (UKEF) £5bn package of support helped to secure the deal including by providing financing and insurance
Dassault Aviation, in its 2018 first half-yearly financial release statement stated that the company has a backlog of 111 Rafale fighter jets as of June 30, 2018. The French Defense backlog stood at EUR 2,982 million, compared to EUR 3,039 million as of December 31, 2017
Qatari Defense Minister on Tuesday said that the country is eyeing NATO membership. "Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside the NATO… the ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear,” Defense Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said in an interview with Altalaya, the official magazine of the Qatari Defense Ministry,
A Qatari fighter plane has intercepted UAEs civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain. The Emirati civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision, UAE state news agency WAM reported Sunday
The US State Department has approved sale of 5000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II Guidance Sections to Qatar for an estimated cost of $300 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Monday
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