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    Will Donald Trump buy Rafale from Dassault for the USAF?

    First Boeing, and the Air Force One too expensive, now the F-35 Lockheed Martin too expensive. Will Donald Trump buy Rafale? After the Air Force One, Donald Trump criticizes the F-35's costs. Will he buy an Airbus and Rafale?

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    Fidel Castro improvised endless speeches, Donald Trump balances on Twitter, and bursts of tweets. Precisely, the most recent could suggest that the US Armed Forces (USAF, Marines, Army, Navy ...) will have #Rafale from Dassault. For after deploying the too high price of Boeing Air Force One (will he consult Airbus?), #Donald Trump is going to the tremendous cost of Lockheed Martin's # F-35 program. However, this F-35 (and its declensions) is certainly a stealth aircraft, but especially multi-role, like the Rafale, the most versatile of the fighter-bombers on the market. The F-35s are already produced, but they are very expensive, and if two aircraft were delivered to Israel, it's probably with big discounts.

    The F-35 may be stealthy, but delivery has been delayed due to the fog between Italy and Israel. It is a very expensive device whose program has suffered long delays and various acquiring countries have begun to doubt its reliability or its operability really multirôle (support on the ground, vertical take-off from an aircraft carrier, & c.). Moreover, the F-35 and its declinations would be a little too sensitive to lightning, its performances have been revised downwards.

    In short, see the set of avenues suffered that make up 2/3 of the pages Wikipedia, it is edifying, and the British Royal Navy and the RAF begin to regret this choice. Here is Donald Trump on Twitter, it's all out of control and it will save the United States billions of dollars by cutting the budget allocated to this program. This does not mean that he will reallocate funds for the purchase of Rafale, but in view of the progress of Russian military aviation, he will have to find an alternative ...

    Tweets, more tweets

    Since yesterday, The Donald Trump has released no fewer than five tweets and may not be finished by the little hours of the East Coast. But the latest, relative to the F-35 has already done damage to Wall Street, Lockheed Martin action already losing more than 4.5%. It is also true that USD 400 billion has already been swallowed up by the F-35 and that export sales appear to be suffering from delays as various countries hesitate to engage further. The contract covers 2,500 aircraft. Lockheed will try to reduce the unit cost by 70%, in conjunction with its partners, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and the British BAE Systems. Would it be at the expense of performance and operability?


    That is the whole question. The other is Trump's attitude. Who's next ? What providers of very long programs to study, then to realize, will they undergo the cleaver of The Donald? Are ongoing programs going to slow down their production in the fear that a new Trump tweet will target them? Well, here are three good hours he has not let go of a tweet, and the previous ones, criticizing the NBC's Nightly News program, or returning to the case of Vladimir Putin's boost for his election, are Much less scope. But, there, he really did very strong. Before developing the information, most serious media outlets do not hurry: the cascading consequences are really important for more than a dozen countries (from Canada to Australia, from Scandinavia to Korea ...). What is certain is that even without orders, at Dassault, we rub our hands. The Dassault Aviation share took only 0.4%, but the best could be ahead. Unless, of course, Donald Trump retracted. It would not be the first time. Stay tuned!
    http://fr.blastingnews.com/internat...-rafale-a-dassault-pour-l-usaf-001323945.html
     
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    THE LIBYAN MISSIONS OF THE RAFALE

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    While the presence of French troops in Libya was made unexpectedly public last summer, more secret were the air operations conducted this year from France by the Rafales of the Air Force. Many intelligence missions and some bombing missions.

    Following a raid the previous day against a Daech training camp in Sabratah (west of Tripoli) by three F-15Es from the USAFE 492nd Fighter Squadron from England, four Rafale from 30 Wing Fighter, assisted by Two C-135FR (FAF 4041 and 4078), allegedly bombarded an ammunition depot from Daech to Sirte. A few days later, on March 9, two Rafales from Mont-de-Marsan realized an extensive photographic reconnaissance of the region of Sirte. And on 15 March, two other Rafale reportedly bombed an identified terrorist target in the coastal city.

    The most recent of the anti-terrorist raids conducted by the Rafale took place stealthily on the night of November 14 to 15 when two Rafale from the 30th Fighter Squadron of Mont-de-Marsan, backed by a C-135FR, bombed In the heart of the Fezzan a house sheltering terrorist leaders. A raid took place in the oasis of Al-Brak, north of the town of Sebha, known for centuries as the main stopping point for roads from the Sahara to Tripoli, 400 km North.

    Realized with the help of a strategic UAV RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk of the 412th TW of the US Air Force, assuring real-time reconnaissance of the target remote from the high altitude, this mission has, once again , Demonstrated the excellent cooperation between French and American aviators, but also the capabilities of the Rafale and its armament.

    Operating at nearly 3,000 km from their starting base, it was at a high altitude and at an estimated distance of 50 km that the two Rafales launched a total of three AASM (probably SBU-54) bombs Abu Talha al-Libi (leader of the Majlis Choura Eshattia, one of the most important emirs of AQIM and also called Abu Talha al-Hassnawi), Abderrahmane Talha Of the Katibat Al-Fourghan of AQIM, famous for having ordered the destruction of the Muslim reliquaries of Timbuktu in 2013), Algerians Mokhtar Belmokhtar (at the head of Al-Mourabitoune) and Yahia Abu al-Houmam AQIM for all the Sahara - says "the Lame"). All guilty of perpetrating terrorist acts and murders against French citizens in Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia.
    http://www.ttu.fr/missions-libyennes-rafale/
     
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    Indian Rafale to have Isreali SPICE 250 & Spice 1000 PGMs
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    Rafael will also supply systems for the Indian air force’s future fleet of 36 Dassault Rafales, acting as a subcontractor to Dassault, Miller says. This will include Spice 250 and Spice 1000 precision-guided bombs to be used by both the French-built type and the Tejas, he adds.
    http://defenceupdate.in/rafael-offers-smart-bombs-and-missiles-for-lca-tejas/
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/rafael-steps-up-weapons-offer-for-tejas-433955/

    P.S Longtime back i was stating the same thing in defence pk about Spice 250 but sancho didnt beleive it & ridiculed me as bluffer . I wish he was still active here
     
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    The SAAW Explained
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    The SAAW is a joint India-Israel project to co-develop an air-launched, standoff EMP-emitting missile, which, for all intents and purposes, will be India’s first operational precision-guided directed-energy weapon (DEW)

    Israel offered to co-develop a variant of this DEW with India on July 7, 2008 during an official meeting in Pune with the DRDO. This was followed by two additional meetings held in Delhi with senior DRDO and IAF officials in August and September 2007. The joint R & D project officially began in mid-2010 and series-production of this DEW will commence later this year, with Indian industrial entities like Bharat Dynamics Ltd, ECIL and the Kalyani Group being involved in this undertaking. This air-launched, fire-and-forget, expendable DEW, whose main role is to render electronic targets useless, makes use of the airframe of RAFAEL’s Spice 250 rocket-powered PGM, and will have a range of 120km.

    The IAF plans to arm its upgraded Mirage 2000Hs, Jaguar IS/DARIN-3 interdictors and the yet-to-be-delivered Rafale M-MRCAs with this DEW and also with RAFAEL’s Spice-1000 PGMs.

    for more read
    http://trishul-trident.blogspot.in/2016/12/indias-cruise-missile-programme-updates.html
     
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    Rafale to showcase 3 fighter aircraft at Aero India

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    BENGALURU, FEB 10:

    Rafale International is to showcase its capabilities at Aero India 2017.

    Rafale fighter aircraft will be showcased at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, in Bengaluru, during the event to be held from February 14-18.

    Three Rafale fighter aircraft will be on display -- one single-seat Rafale C and two 2-seat Rafale B, and a daily flight “solo” display will be performed.

    Rafale’s participation in Aero India following the acquisition of 36 Rafales by India in September 2016, is consistent with Rafale International’s endeavour to illustrate its commitment to India and to Indian interests.

    Dassault Aviation, the Rafale manufacturer, has contributed to India’s defence preparedness for more than 60 years. Demonstrating Rafale’s capabilities in Aero India, reaffirms the company’s commitment to India’s sovereignty.

    “This acquisition illustrates the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership maintained between India and France and marks the natural culmination of the relationship of trust initiated in 1953 when India became Dassault Aviation’s first export customer,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation.

    “This further success of the Rafale confirms the technological knowhow and competences of Dassault Aviation and its partners, Thales and Safran Aircraft Engines, and represents a decisive step forward in achieving Dassault Aviation’s goal of establishing itself in India with a view to developing wide-ranging cooperation under the ‘Make in India’ policy,” he added.
    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...ter-aircraft-at-aero-india/article9534216.ece
     
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    So Rafael will supply Rafale's weapons.

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    You guys were interested in this.
     
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    FUTURE SURPRISES FOR THE RAFALE?

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    Would we be on the eve - or the day before - of two new export contracts for the Rafale? If Dassault Aviation has not communicated on the subject, it is the strategic and industrial rapprochement of two of its most loyal customers (India and the United Arab Emirates) that could be the most immediate consequence.

    The visit to India of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Cheikh Mohamed al-Nayan, guest of honor at the Republic Day on 26 January, ended with the signing of a strategic partnership, As well as the signature of twelve other MoUs in the cyber, oil, maritime, construction, R & D and defense sectors.

    Since his visit to the UAE in 2015, Narendra Modi seeks to bring the two BITDs closer to common programs. If the Indian government proposed to Abu Dhabi its BrahMos missile and several naval platforms, it would have already succeeded in obtaining the maintenance contract for the Pantsir ground-to-air system.

    But especially Indian Foreign Minister Amar Sinha said at his press conference last Tuesday that the Rafale would be a perfect example of industrial cooperation with the UAE, looking to replace their Mirage 2000-9 and remain One of the most serious export prospects for the acquisition of sixty Rafales. But they also want to develop their defense industry.

    Dafault's partner for the Rafale in India, the Reliance group, has just signed a MoU on the production and maintenance of "military platforms" with the Emirati group EDIC, now headed by the former CEO of Thales, Luc Vigneron, a close friend of Charles Edelstenne.

    Although the workshare on Rafale India was completed between Dassault-Reliance and HAL on 27 January, the Indian Ministry of Defense launched an RFI as part of a call for tenders for the acquisition of 57 aircraft For its future aircraft carriers. The main candidates would be the American JSF and F-18, the Russian Mig-29 K, whose Indian Navy has two squadrons, and the Rafale Marine.

    The American chances are slim, since every time India entered the war, Congress immediately declared an embargo on spare parts. As for the Russians, even if they have the advantage of having already trained naval aircraft pilots, the decision of the Indian Navy to opt for CATOBAR all-weather technology (catapulting) for their next aircraft carrier " Vishal "makes the acquisition of the Mig-29K impossible in the current state of its development. It remains to be patient.
    http://www.ttu.fr/futures-surprises-rafale/
     
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    Defense: Thales Microelectronics and Rafale Nose Radar Manufacturing
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    In Etrelles near Vitré, Thales Microelectronics produces the active antenna radar of the Rafale, the Dassault Aviation combat aircraft. The site has 570 employees.



    Report

    Pushing the door of Thales Microelectronics in Étrelles near Vitré is entering the world of the ultra small. Here, operators and technicians work, for many, the eye riveted to binocular magnifiers. The site specializes in the assembly of microelectronic components.

    80% of its activity concerns the Defense sector. This includes the design of the active antenna radar (RBE2 AESA) in the Rafale nose and the subsets of the Spectra interference and detection system in the drift foot at The back of the combat aircraft. The Rafale of Dassault aviation thus represents 50% of the activity of the vitreous site.
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    Cable as thin as a hair

    In different rooms, the temperature and humidity are regulated, the level of dust in the air sometimes also. On their posts, employees have an expert eye and an accurate gesture. To connect several components by hand, some use 25 micron wires, which is little more than the size of a hair!

    For Rafale's active antenna radar, "40 to 45 weeks of manufacturing here are necessary," says Eric Normand, CEO of Thales Microelectronics. For the Spectra system, it takes "30 to 35 weeks" to work on the vitreous site.

    In the last two years, the contracts signed by France with Egypt, Qatar and India total 84 Rafale ordered: "in 2015, we were on a production for 1.2 Rafale per month; In 2016, the pace was 2. For 2017, it will be close to 2 or even 2.2 Rafale per month, "he continues.

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    Thales Microelectronics recruited 140 people last year on long-term or permanent contracts. The site now has 570 employees, 54% of whom are women. It also "doubled its investments between 2015 and 2016" and realizes an extension of 500 m². It is in the very premises of the company that the new employees are trained in microelectronics. "In partnership with the Maison de l'emploi (Meef) and Pôle emploi, we relied on the method of recruitment by simulation. So we do not look at the CV but the skills. We have at home people who were before florist, road or in the count, "adds Eric Normand. This year, the site will need "more than twenty employees".
    http://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne...ronics-fait-le-radar-du-nez-du-rafale-4785026
     
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    With the French Rafale, at the heart of the preparations for the Battle of Raqqa
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    A French military base in the desert welcomes the Rafales. This photo was taken by an air force photographer and not by our reporter.

    Air Force

    Settled on a desert base, French fighters are in the front line against the Islamic State group. They support the advance of the Iraqi troops in Mosul and strike the positions of Daech in Raqqa, Syria, in anticipation of the battle to come.
    The night falls on the French Air Force's projected air base (BAP) in the Middle East when the 153 mission briefing begins. Standing around a high table, maps and photos of the objectives in the Hands, two pilots and a navigator consult one last time before taking off aboard their Rafale. After a brief overview of the weather conditions, the area of operation is reviewed. "Target north-west of Raqqa ( Syria ), 15 nautical miles."

    Chouf, Passepartout and Angela - all the pilots have nicknames - will drop two bombs of 1,000 kilos each on a bridge used by the Daechfighters for their logistical flow. The intelligence on the target, considered a "node of communication" of the jihadists, reached them three days earlier. Main difficulty: avoid collateral damage, because houses are close.

    Precision per meter


    Passepartout must strike first. "You stay on Target at 19,000 [feet, or 6,000 meters]," he tells the other driver. "You warn us if there are any cars or what, activity." The bomb, a GBU 24, will be guided by laser, which allows to shoot to the meter. "Passepartout, for a good minute, we will not see much." Once you have seen the scene modified without the smoke, you leave.

    Tonight, the mission includes six other coalition fighters, British and Americans. About 20 targets altogether will be destroyed almost at the same time. "The Russians also warned us of possible strikes in the sector, it is not impossible that you cross," warns the intelligence officer. The Russian army and the international coalition against the Islamic state group, led by the United States, have planned "deconflict" procedures to avoid incidents in the air. The only threats come from the ground, due to the "manpad", these portable weapons destined to reach a target in the sky.

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    For the air force, the battle of Raqqa has already begun. The coalition planes pound the infrastructure of the jihadist organization around its sanctuary in Syria, the seat of its self-proclaimed "caliphate", in order to reduce its military capabilities before the next battle on the ground.

    In Mosul , Iraq, the air campaign (reconnaissance missions and planned strikes) began a year before the Kurdish peshmergas and the Iraqi army began to reconquer the city on 17 October.

    "Without qualms"
    Settled somewhere in the Jordanian stony desert, less than an hour's flight from Mosul and thirty minutes flight from Raqqa, the French airmen's base shelters eight Rafale - six others are positioned on another base, in the Arab Emirates United. Pilots, mechanics, logisticians ... Nearly 400 aviators work unremittingly, day and night, behind "bastions walls", walls filled with sand and stone reinforced with barbed wire, under the permanent protection of specialized commandos .

    "We lost over 200 of our troops [in the Paris and Nice bombings in 2015]," said Colonel Jean-Luc, head of BAP. "People here are motivated, without emotion." It is mainly from this base that the French fighters carried out their first strike campaign in Syria in the aftermath of the Paris bombings on 13 November 2015: 35 shots in three days - thanks to American intelligence, which had opened its doors Files of objectives to the French, absent at the time of the Syrian part.

    Unprecedented since the Second World War
    France carries out 10% of the anti-Daech coalition missions, on an equal or almost equal scale with the British. Most of the strikes are carried out by the US Air Force, which deploys its entire range of aircraft to strategic bombers B52 . For the past two years, the Mirage 2000D and then the Rafales of this BAP have led some 700 strikes against the Daech positions - out of a total of 1,100 as part of Operation Chammal. Never seen since the Second World War, according to the army. "The density of operations is unrivaled," said Colonel Jean-Luc.

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    Aircraft make 215 sorties per month on average. More than 2,800 jihadists have been "neutralized", as well as hundreds of installations, in particular "factories" for the manufacture of explosive devices installed in hangars or buildings. On a video taken from the sky, we see several bombs perforating the 3rd floor of a building. On another, a 250-kilogram projectile destroys a fast-moving truck on board which jihadists fire at the gun. One last shows a mortar position, in the middle of a group of houses, which disappears in a cloud of smoke.

    For the time being, most missions are in the Mosul region. Aviation supports, with laser-guided bombs or GPS coordinates, the progression of Iraqi forces engaged in the recovery of this city, where the coalition estimates that despite the fighting there is still a good million inhabitants .

    "Palette of bombs"
    Captain Vincent, 34 years old, had never fired in urban areas. It is the peculiarity of this theater, very different from the Afghan mountains. It is necessary to imagine a ballet of some twenty aircraft flying in stages, on several levels, over a city as large as Paris: fighter, drones, reconnaissance or air traffic control aircraft (AWACS)

    "There is always a plane in the sky," said Captain Vincent, "without us ground forces could not carry out their mission, there would be too many casualties, and their morale would suffer. We have a pallet of bombs that allow us to shoot precisely according to the target, sometimes an inert bomb [without explosives, but launched At 800 km / h] is sufficient. "

    Fighting to the death
    The eastern quarter of Mosul, consisting of large arteries and residential blocks, has just fallen. The ground forces are now pausing before attacking the west bank of the Tigris in the alleys of the Medina where armored vehicles do not pass. The military expects to encounter more serious difficulties. Especially since the fighters of Daech know perfectly to adapt. "They bury themselves in cellars or cover themselves in veritable parallel paths created through the adjoining walls of the houses," said Lieutenant-Colonel Titi, chief of the detachment. "At the beginning of the offensive, they had inflamed wells Of oil so that the thick black smoke prevents us from delivering our strikes.We have been able to reach them, thanks to GPS guidance, they master all the techniques of combat in urban environment: when a car is parked on an axis of progression , One can be sure that it is trapped. On the ground, the troops never know what is behind a garage door ... "

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    Daech is at bay , because he no longer has the initiative, say the military, but he remains a formidable opponent, in an asymmetric war but above all atypical. First, because it is a question of reconquering a vast lost territory, especially in Iraq. Then, because the jihadists are ready to fight until death. "Daech is not an enemy like those we have met so far," said General André Lanata, Chief of the Air Staff, in front of the airmen of the base on January 29 We are at war against the ideology which it carries, which seeks to destroy in our violence and chaos our model of society. " Even if Mosul falls in a few months, the military are certain, the war is far from over.
    https://translate.google.com/transl...ille-de-raqqa_1875087.html&edit-text=&act=url
     
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    Rafale's India Success Could Help Dassault Sweeten Malaysian Deal
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    Dassault’s success in selling the Rafale fighter jet to India could lift its chances in Malaysia where it has been shortlisted along with the Eurofighter.

    The French aircraft manufacturer could leverage its offsets deal in India along with the spares and support it is to provide the Indian Air Force(IAF) for the lifetime of the aircraft to achieve economies of scale in Malaysia.

    What could help Dassault is the excellent relation between India and Malaysia when it comes to defence. India last year signed a bilateral defence cooperation deal with Malaysia which focused on the setting of a Su-30 forum to exchange information on maintenance, technical support and training. It is not unlikely if a similar or a more intensive engagement happens between the Indian and Malaysian Air Forces for the mutual benefit of all three parties.

    The Indian contract would give an advantage to Dassault like none other. A French diplomat was quoted as saying in a French publication, Le Maghreb in September last year, "the Indians are downright formidable as negotiators," meaning that the aircraft and the terms of purchase are the only issues that mattered in the negotiations. Unlike in many other defence deals all around the world where bilateral relations and political groups (NATO countries buying only from fellow NATO countries) matter more than the technical merits of the equipment.

    “The Malaysians could learn from the Indians in squeezing the best possible terms with Dassault and the latter would be forced to play an easier hand as the prospect of a second sale in Asia is too tempting to let go easily,” a source familiar with the development said.


    Dassault had offered a 10 year financial package to Malaysia from a French bank guaranteed by the government of France for procurement of its Rafale fighter jet during the last Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in 2015. This is similar to a package along the lines of what sealed the deal with Egypt might tempt Kuala Lumpur which needs new aircraft to serve as deterrence against Chinese aggressive maneuvers in the South China Sea.

    “By the year 2020 we have to make a decision on the [purchase of the] MRCAs. It's an open secret that we are looking at either the [Dassault] Rafale, or the [BAE Systems'] Typhoon from the UK, but we don't have to make the decision now. What we need to do is look at the affordability, and that depends on [the state of] our economy,” Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted as saying in the Malay media in October last year.

    “The technical side of it...the compatibility of the Rafale or the Typhoon...let the end-users decide. Let the air force decide which model they want. The affordability issue is for the MoF (Ministry of Finance) to decide, and then [there is the issue of] the offset agreement [by the vendor]. What does the industry get from such a major contract?” he said.
    http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18...ss_Could_Help_Dassault_Sweeten_Malaysian_Deal
     
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    India unlikely to purchase more Rafale fighter jets
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    For now, Centre focussing on buying single-engine fighters

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    The government does not seem keen to place a follow-on order to buy twin-engine Rafale fighter planes made by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) faces a depletion of its fleet.

    The Indian government signed a contract to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-away condition on September 23 for a whopping $8.8 billion. The original plan was to buy 126 Rafale jets. However, the plan was trimmed owing to the cost of each aircraft and only 36 were bought after protracted negotiations with France.

    As a result, it is now unlikely that the government will place any further orders to buy these expensive planes even though it needs additional aircraft, sources in the Defence Ministry told BusinessLine.

    “Follow on orders for the Rafale are a big question mark. Where is the money going to come from? There are much cheaper options available,” said a senior official.

    At present, IAF has 34 squadrons out of the 42 required to guard the skies. This is the lowest count for the IAF in the last decade. Each squadron consists of 18 aircraft. Apart from this, 11 squadrons consisting of MiG-21s, are looking at retirement, which will pose an additional challenge.

    So, the demand for fighter jets remains. Even though India chose to buy only 36 Rafales after cancelling the plan to acquire 126, the original requirement still remains.

    However, sources said the government was now focused on acquiring single-engine fighter jets, the deal size of which is around $12 billion. The frontrunners in this are Saab’s Gripen and Lockheed Martin’s F-16.

    Dassault Aviation has already made it clear to the government that it will not be able to go for full transfer of technology and create an industrial ecosystem by manufacturing the planes here under the ‘Make in India’ programme unless it is given additional orders.

    Dassault eyes carriers
    However, sources also said that Dassault Aviation is now lobbying with the government on the Indian Navy’s plan to purchase 57 Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighters.

    But, it seems the MoD will not be opting for Rafale due to its high price. As a result, Boeing and MiG are now eyeing the deal. Boeing has offered its F/A-18 Super Hornet, which is being used by the US Navy.

    According to sources, the cost of maintaining Rafale jets is also higher than other aircraft offering a similar platform. Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO, Dassault Aviation had said on the sidelines of the Aero India show last month that the company would set up a plant to manufacture the fighter jets in India only for an order of more than a 100 jets.

    (This article was published on March 12, 2017)
    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...e-more-rafale-fighter-jets/article9581623.ece
     
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    AGAINST DAECH, NEW ARMAMENTS FOR THE RAFALE
    By Jean-Marc Tanguy -
    21 February 2017

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    The laser guidance of the 1,000 kg GBU-24 ammunition used in Operation Chammal suffers from desert conditions. It was used against a bridge near Raqqa, at the end of January 2017. Credit: J.-M. Tanguy - Aerospatium.
    From the United Arab Emirates, as of September 2014, and from Jordan since this summer, the Rafales of the French Air Force are getting better. In particular, gains can be made in ammunition.Whether provided by Safran or Raytheon, they could be a real contribution to the Rafale armaments array .

    They are only six, on the proposed Jordan air base (BAPJ), but the Rafales provide the bulk of the French effort against Daech. Since 2014, the Mirage 2000 and the Rafales have killed more than 2,800 jihadists, with the guarantee that they did not intentionally strike civilians or friends.This is precisely what General André Lanata, head of the Air Force, came to meet his airmen, for the second time in a month, at the end of January.
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    Rafale to serve your needs for 40 years


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    A Rafale aircraft of the French Air Force in mid-flight during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition 2015.
    By LESLIE ANDRES - March 21, 2017 @ 2:08pm



    KUALA LUMPUR: With the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) replacement programme seemingly back on track, Rafale International believes its jet is well-placed to be the best bet for Malaysia.

    With fighter aircraft undoubtedly being the most strategic weapon of any air force today, it said, both in terms of combat effectiveness and critical technologies, the Rafale is the right answer to conduct modern warfare safely and efficiently, thanks to its multi-role capabilities.

    The consortium said there were three “must haves” of a true multi-role fighter aircraft a design, which is, from the onset, for carrying out all types of missions successfully, a cutting-edge mission system with the best sensors, and the sheer power of data fusion and an outstanding store carriage capability.

    It said the Rafale is a twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft that can carry out a wide range of missions, such as air policing and defensive counter air, air-to-ground precision attack, air-to-sea strike, nuclear deterrence, and air reconnaissance without having multiple fighter aircraft in an operation.

    “This enables multiple missions to be carried in one sortie. Designed to be the sole combat aircraft in the French Air Force and Navy, being operated by the French armed forces in combat operations for more than a decade now, Rafale has proven its operational excellence in various theatres around the world.

    “Having just one type of combat aircraft that fulfills multiple roles translates to highly efficient squadron maintenance and operations.”

    Rafale International said the second “must have” has been fulfilled in the Rafale with its technologically-advanced sensors: active electronically scanned array radar, electronic warfare integrated self-protection system, front sector optronic system and datalink.

    “The data fusion of information presents a unique tactical picture to the crew, increasing situation awareness and reducing pilot workload,” it said.

    The Rafale, the consortium said, was able to take off at 2.5 times its empty weight, fulfilling the third “must have”.

    “(It is capable of carrying) a large variety of mixed loads, offering the ability to conduct several types of missions in the same sortie. This allows flexibility in mission planning and execution.

    “Its modular architecture ensures that the Rafale is ready for a wide spectrum of evolutions linked to future requirements, to increase its capacities in tomorrow’s integrated battlespace. With continuous upgrades, the Rafale is guaranteed to be operational for the next 40 years and beyond and is fully adaptable to any future needs.”

    Rafale International believes recent successes in the sale of Rafale aircraft to India, Qatar and Egypt has proven that the Rafale is a worthy option for the world’s air forces, including RMAF.

    “These further successes of the Rafale confirm the technological know-how and competencies of Dassault Aviation’s employees and of its 500 industrial partners. The contracts also illustrate the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership maintained between France/Dassault Aviation and these countries and marks the natural culmination of the relationship of trust.

    “The Rafale is combat-proven and is engaged in six theatres of operation, which demonstrates unstinting efficiency in protecting nations,” it said.

    Should the Malaysian government procure the Rafale for RMAF, there will be benefits for local defence and aerospace industry players.

    “The Rafale is produced by three aerospace leaders: Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales. These companies are (already) collaborating with Malaysian partners, among which are local aerospace industry players that are, or will become, part of Rafale OEM’s Global Supply Chain, organisations and institutions involved in education, research and high technology development.

    “We are committed to Malaysia and will continue to collaborate with local partners to develop, in particular, talents and skills of technology and entrepreneurship, in line with the (government’s) Economic Transformation Programme goals,” said the consortium.

    One of the collaborations with local players in which Dassault Aviation was involved was the UAV Siswa Challenge, initiated with the aim of supporting human capital development of a future engineering workforce in Malaysia in aeronautics and aerospace.

    It was organised with Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) in partnership with the Education Ministry and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might).

    “The UAV Siswa Challenge provided a platform for students to put theory to practice, gaining hands-on experience similar to a real-life commercial project. We were delighted to see Malaysian students demonstrating their knowledge, capabilities and determination to achieve the goal of flying their UAV autonomously.

    “The result was outstanding. The students committed their time to complete their hexacopter, overcame disappointments following crashes and learnt from them, sourced for solutions and enlarged their network of contacts from this challenge.

    “These are practical experience that add to their theoretical and technical knowledge and will equip them well when they join the marketplace,” said the company.

    The Rafale returns to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition again this year and Dassault Aviation is delighted to be back.

    “This exhibition is an opportunity for Rafale International to renew and strengthen ties with our existing and future partners. At the same time, it provides a platform for the Rafale to showcase its state-of-the-art technology, capability and features that not only benefit the aviation and defence sector, but also for education and economic investment and development in Malaysia.”
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    Irwan Serigar Takes A Ride On Rafale Jet Fighter

    Published on Tuesday, 21 March 2017


    [​IMG]Rafale fighter aircraft.

    LANGKAWI -- Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah had the rare honour of taking a ride on a Rafale jet fighter at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA '17) here today.


    Mohd Irwan, who celebrated his 60th birthday recently, described the ride as a meaningful birthday present for him.

    "This is the first time in my life and I feel so proud. I can't say the words. I really enjoyed it," he said.

    Mohd Irwan said the fighter jet was equipped with sophisticated technology and its procurement as a national defence asset should be considered by the government.

    Developed by three major French aerospace companies, namely Dassault Aviation SA, Safran SA and Thales Group.

    France has expressed its interest to sell the jet fighters to Malaysia, which is considering a replacement for the Russian-made MiG-29 that are currently being used by the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

    The technology of the aircraft is capable of ensuring the continuity a robust air defence system so that the next 40 years.

    Rafale jet fighters are currently being used mostly by France, Egypt, Qatar and India in their air defence system.

    With continuous upgrades, this canard delta wing multirole aircraft is guaranteed to be operational for the next 40 years and beyond and is fully adaptable to any future needs.

    – BERNAMA
    http://malaysiandigest.com/news/664814-irwan-serigar-takes-a-ride-on-rafale-jet-fighter.html
     
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