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. It includes in particular 29 Rafale (compared to 31 as of December 31, 2017), the company stated in its half yearly Financial statement for 2018 Friday.
The Defense Export backlog stood at EUR 15,084 million, compared to EUR 13,964 million as of December 31, 2017. It includes, in particular, 10 Rafale Egypt, 36 Rafale Qatar and 36 Rafale India (compared to 10 Rafale Egypt, 24 Rafale Qatar and 36 Rafale India as of December 31, 2017).
The company stated that it received the first down payment for the 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar on March 27, 2018. It also delivered the ninth Naval Rafale retrofitted from the F1 to F3 standard during the first half of this year.
The company has started launching of preliminary studies for the development of the F4 standard of Rafale and has started discussions with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces following their announcement of their intention to upgrade their Mirage 2000-9 fleet.
France and Germany on Tuesday signed two joint letters of intent, including one on the Future Air Combat System (SCAF), designating "France as a leading nation" for the project to succeed the Rafale and the Eurofighter warplanes by 2040. According to a statement issued by the French Defence Ministry, the program will bring together "a new multi-purpose combat aircraft, adapted to contemporary air threats and exploiting the potential of artificial intelligence, network-based combat capabilities, including drones of various types
Lockheed Martin has won a contract from the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) to provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) for its Rafale aircraft for the precision targeting capability. Under this contract announced during the Eurosatory exhibition, Lockheed Martin will provide the QEAF with pods, spares and deployment support for the Rafale – the 10th platform to fly with Sniper ATP
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
The government of India has clarified its stand on the allegations in regard to the 2016 Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to procure 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition from France today. “Unfounded allegations are being made regarding the 2016 Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to procure 36 Rafale aircraft in fly-away condition from France
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