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Dassault - Rafale on the starting blocks in Malaysia

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    Dassault - Rafale on the starting blocks in Malaysia


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    * Malaysia wants to buy 18 fighter jets by 2015

    * Dassault ready to install an assembly line on site

    * A giant contract in India still expected this year

    * The Rafale retain its chances in Brazil, says CEO

    by Cyril Altmeyer

    SAINT-CLOUD, Hauts-de-Seine, June 14 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation said Friday ready to install an assembly line Rafale Malaysia and strengthen its industrial partnerships in the country to win the very contract played for 18 combat aircraft, estimated by industry sources at several billion dollars.

    The tricolor manufacturer already hopes to complete by the end of the year a contract for 126 aircraft in India and 63 potential options, valued at approximately $ 15 billion.

    Malaysia, which wants to replace its fleet by 2015 Russian MIG-29, a pre-selected three European competitors - the Rafale, Eurofighter, built by EADS, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica) and the Swedish Saab Gripen) - as well as the F18 Boeing and the Russian Sukhoi.

    "We are very active in Malaysia, we sent our Rafale repeatedly to assessments by pilots," said Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, in which EADS holds 46%, at a press conference in the occasion of the Paris Air Show will open its doors Monday


    "If they want to pay for an assembly line, they will," said the one who succeeded in January in Edelstenne head of Dassault Aviation, in which EADS holds 46%.

    The fighter in Asia and the Middle East sales should more than offset the cuts in the United States and Europe, has said his side Tuesday BAE Systems.

    NEGOTIATIONS IN FRANCE ON THE BURST

    In France, the law on military programming (LPM) to be voted on in the fall to reduce the need 300-225 of the French forces in combat aircraft, including the Mirage 2000-D Dassault Aviation still in business.

    "In 10 or 20 years, we expect that the Rafale has replaced all types of aircraft" within the French forces, said Eric Trappier.

    The manufacturer is currently negotiating with the French government a conditional tranche of Rafale, in addition to the firm order for 180 units of which the manufacturer has already delivered 119 to date.

    "Because of budget constraints, the delivery schedule is not as fast as we had hoped," noted Eric Trappier.

    The Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Tuesday that France is expected to continue to take delivery of 11 units per year until 2016, below which Dassault Aviation estimated that the production of the program fall within the mission impossible.

    Jean-Yves Le Drian, which increases the potential shifts in client countries, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said he hoped that the export of the Rafale take from 2017 over the French command.

    Paris and trying for years to sell at least 36 Rafale in Brazil, reiterated Monday that the French aircraft was still part of his potential choices.

    However, Brazilian officials said in early June Reuters Brasilia, which regularly reports the launch of its tender was moving now more toward the Boeing F-18 as the Rafale and Swedish Gripen.

    "It is necessary to have an aircraft that remained in production for years to come, which is our case," said Eric Trappier. "I think we better wait, so we do not mind waiting."

    Dassault Aviation is also in the running to Canada, who studies an alternative to the American F35




    SALON-Dassault - Le Rafale sur les starting blocks en Malaisie | Reuters
     
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