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    The Rafale on track in Austria?

    Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Lockheed Martin's F-16 and Saab's Gripen would be on the line to equip the Austrian Air Force, which no longer wants its Eurofighter, according to local press. The commission of experts headed by a high-ranking official will propose his choices to the government by the end of June, believes the Salzburger Nachrichten. The Eurofighter could be resold after receiving the new jets, which will take over the Saab 105 currently in service.

    In February 2017, Austria initiated proceedings against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium (which also includes BAE Systems and Leonardo ), on the basis of fraud, accusing suppliers of knowingly lied about the price, equipment and The delivery times of the devices. In 2003, the country signed a € 2 billion contract for 18 aircraft, reduced to 15 aircraft in 2007. An investigation is under way in Germany for similar facts. Airbus had estimated in February that the allegations seemed unfounded.
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    From RECO NG to Scalp, anatomy of a strike
    Helen Chachaty in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates

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    At the heart of Operation Chammal

    From the RECO NG to the Scalp, anatomy of a strike
    Marine and Air Rafale over the desert
    Priority to the MCO for the Rafale in Jordan


    The hundreds of flames that line the arbor attest: the air activity is sustained for the French airmen based in Jordan. Armed reconnaissance, close air support, depth strikes, the Mirage 2000 and the Air Force Rafales deployed on the proposed airbase have contributed since the end of 2014 to almost 65% of the 1213 strikes carried out above Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Chammal (Operation Point of 4 May 2017).

    Deployed between December 2014 and July 2016, the Mirage 2000D / N (...)

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    France Is Learning How to Join Forces and Wage War with the F-22 and F-35
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    May 4, 2017


    France’s Armée de l'Air deployed six multirole Dassault Rafale fighters to the Atlantic Trident 17 exercises at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia. The idea was for France’s best combat aircraft to train alongside the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptors and F-35A Joint Strike Fighters as well as the British Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons.

    While the Armée de l'Air only brought six Rafales—three single seat models and three two-seat jets—to the exercise, elements of two fighter groups consisting of personnel from three squadrons travelled to the United States to participate in Atlantic Trident 17. According to Lt. Col. Yann Malard, the French detachment commander, the two-seat Rafale-B aircraft belonging to ¼ Squadron are based in Saint Dizier in northeastern France while the single-seat Rafale-C jets belong to 1/30 and 3/30 Squadrons based at Mont-de-Marsan in Southwestern France.

    The goal of the Armée de l'Air for Atlantic Trident was to learn to operate together with the U.S. Air Force’s advanced fifth-generation fighters—and also the British Typhoons. “This is a unique opportunity to train together with all the fighters of the last generation—probably the best fighter aircraft in the world all together here at Langley Air Force base over three weeks,” Malard said. “It is all about teamwork. That’s basically what we are looking for over here.”

    In France, Armée de l'Air squadrons train with other French aircraft, but there are only a few opportunities to train with fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Atlantic Trident helps France to learn—and vice versa—about the U.S. Air Force and RAF’s tactics, training and procedures, especially pertaining to the new generation of fifth-generation stealth aircraft that are now being fielded. “This exercise is not about how we don’t train anymore in Europe, it’s about how we train with the probably the best aircraft of the last gen of aircraft including the F-35 this year, which is new,” Malard said.

    Each of type of aircraft—and each air force—at Atlantic Trident brings its own strengths to the fight. Training together allows the three allied air services to harmonize their skills—like a “symphony”—according to Malard. “We need to share all of our tactics and procedures to improve our level of proficiency,” Malard said.

    In Europe, the Armée de l'Air primarily trains with its own aircraft and those of its European neighbors. Many of those countries—most of whom are part of the NATO alliance—fly advanced fourth generation aircraft. However, right now, there are no fifth-generation assets for France to train with that are stationed in Europe—either from the United States or a NATO partner.

    “In Europe we train with a lot different Rafale units, with, for example in France, we use the Mirage 2000 units and Alpha Jet units, so that’s something we train very often,” Malard said. “We train with Typhoons as well, we train obviously with F-16s—for example, the Belgians have got the F-16s—we have the F-18 in Spain and Switzerland. So we train with a lot of different type of assets.”

    But even at home, dispersed Armée de l'Air units in different regions of France don’t often train together as frequently as they would like. Moreover, the Armée de l'Air does not often train with the British RAF as frequently as either air arm might prefer, so large exercises like Atlantic Trident help to bring the allies closer together. Another major advantages for the Armée de l'Air when training in the United States is the availability of vast ranges to operate over compared to the much more congested skies over France and the rest of Europe. “It’s a huge airspace,” Malard said.

    Ultimately, exercises such Atlantic Trident help to improve the proficiency and interoperability of all of the participants for when they go to war. “Everybody brings something to the fight,” Malard said.

    Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for The National Interest. You can follow him on Twitter: @davemajumdar.

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    Lockheed Martin F-35 to be present at Le Bourget Air Show 2017
    AURÉLIE M'BIDA SALON OF THE BOURGET , UNITED STATES , DEFENSE ,LOCKHEED MARTIN

    PUBLISHED ON 09/05/2017 AT 12:20

    Rear machine. The US Air Force finally decided to introduce Lockheed Martin's stealth aircraft at the upcoming Paris Air Show. The competitor of the Rafale, recently deployed in Europe, should still be talked about.
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    The F-35A Lightning II will be presented for the first time at the Paris Air Show
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    While the F-35 joint program development office suggested the opposite a few days ago, the wind shifted to the combat aircraft developed by Lockheed Martin. The US Air Force has announced that the F-35A Lightning II will be unveiled to the general public at the Paris Air Show in June.

    In April, eight F-35A Lightning II stealth aircraft and several hundred pilots were deployed across Europe. A major step for the American manufacturer and the US Air Force which demonstrate the progress of the aircraft. The participation of the F-35A at the Paris-Bourget International Air and Space Show, which will be held from 19 to 25 June, "will show the Air Force's ability to offer a wide range Of combat air forces for any type of mission, " said the US military command in Europe in a statement released on Monday (May 8th).

    "The F-35A is strengthening partnerships and enhancing regional stability ," said US Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein. "The operationalization and integration of the F-35 makes us a stronger fighting force," said Tod Wolters, commander of the US Air Force in Europe, quoted in the document. That is what has been said and which should not yet silence the critics. The redoubtable opponent of the Rafale or the Eurofighter, wants to please. And by seducing European countries, the F-35 presents itself as "a machine to destroy the European aeronautical defense industry" , explained Massi Begous, associate director of the firm Roland Berger, in charge of the aeronautics industry , At L'Usine Nouvelle.

    Return of the American stealths presented to the ground?

    The demonstration of the F-35 at Le Bourget arrives a year after the variant F-35B made the show at the Farnborough aeronautics show. For now, the US Air Force does not specify whether the F-35's participation at the Paris Air Show 2017 will be limited to an in-flight show or whether the stealth fighter aircraft will be presented in the static park. In 2016, the F-35B only flew over Farnborough but took off and landed at Fairford, explains the specialized FlightGlobal site.

    However, the presentation in Paris will mark a notable event for the legacy of the F-35 and, more broadly, the history of American stealth aircraft abroad. Indeed, no stealth aircraft appeared in "static" on the Bourget tarmac since the F-117 in 1991, notes the British media.
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    Priority for Rafales MRO in Jordan
    Helen Chachaty in Jordan

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    With an average availability rate close to 95% and fewer than 1% of missions cancelled, the Rafales stationed at the forward air base (FAB) in Jordan and engaged in the Chammal mission are "perfect students". One of the explanations for this excellent figure rests with the fact that the French enclave, its fighters and so their MRO are an "absolute priority", both for spare parts and for munitions. Everything is set up to enable the eight fighters to carry out their reconnaissance or bombing missions in Iraq and Syria.

    With around one hundred dedicated Rafale maintenance and repair personnel (Air and Navy) and thanks to their fast reactions and those of their crew, the FAB is able to honour the contract which specifies arrival at the area of operations in three hours. As the head of Rafale support explains, the mechanics divide up the workload between them according to flights, on-call for around twelve hours and so enable the fighters to take off at any time, day or night - the international coalition's planes are permanently flying missions in the skies above Iraq and Syria.

    "We have an autonomous operations kit to enable us to carry out most MRO operations", highlights the technician, who explains that while this kit is not shared with the kit intended for the four Rafale Ms which arrived in Jordan one month ago, it goes without saying that each can "dip into" the other's kit. The main difficulty mentioned by maintenance staff is in procuring spare parts. This is a major logistical problem, despite the "regular rounds" by large carriers such as the A400M, which land in Jordan to delivery equipment, and the support from the base located in the United Arab Emirates, which also flies Rafales and has its own stock.

    When questioned about the climate issues related to the Middle Eastern theatre, the technical support head says that they have not noted any particular breakdowns caused by the environment in particular. Of course, special attention is paid to the M88s and obviously inspections are more advanced, but are "shorter than in France".

    As for the cells, while there are heavy demands on them, they are, however, subject to less erosion, due to the low number of missions carried out at low altitude. One other explanation is that the missions are "simpler": "In France, planes carry out several types of mission in a single flight: combat, terrain monitoring, low altitude and so on. This is not the case here, which enables us to preserve a minimum cell potential", details the mechanic. She has been posted to the Jordan base for two months and says that she likes that a "common detachment" has been put in place with the crews, which strengthens cohesion between flight crews, as the pilot's objective is to carry out their mission while the mechanic's is to guarantee that the plane is available.
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    Discovery of the mixed hunting detachment of Chammal
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    A Rafale armed with four AASM is preparing to leave on mission from the BAP of Jordan.
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    Article published on 5 May 2017 in the Air & Cosmos Magazine. Find this week an article on the A400M in the Defense section of Air & Cosmos.

    With their nose pointing upwards, the Rafale Marine are easily distinguishable from their Air Force counterparts. Between two missions, under the hangars of the French projected base (BAP) in the Levant, eight aircraft of two types are currently stationed. Since the beginning of April 2017, for the first time, Rafales de la Marine (12F) have been deployed ashore alongside those of the Air Force. This solution makes it possible to relieve the latter, which has continuously armed the BAP since the end of 2014. It also allows naval aviation fleets to continue to participate in operations, while the "Charles de Gaulle" Unavailable for eighteen months due to its mid-life redesign. Members of the 12F are not the first sailors to have discovered this base in Jordan. An ATL2 has been deployed there for several months. It provides intelligence missions and also strikes.

    Rafale M and B.
    Four Rafale of the 12F flotilla are now deployed alongside as many two-seater Rafales of the "Gascogne" squadron. The seamen were fully integrated into the BAP detachment, known as the Bombardment Group 43 "Levant". The two variants of the Rafale carry out the same missions. However, they do not operate for the time being on mixed patrols. To carry out their missions, which are mostly close air support, the Rafales take off by patrol of two. Which are made up solely of marine or air. The procedures employed by Naval Aviation are a little different, explains a pilot. Sailors, for example, are accustomed to respecting a strict radio silence indispensable for assault missions at sea. Apart from that, operational cultures are very close and tactics also. Rafale B and M patrols have already had the opportunity to work together.

    Every day the Rafales take off to carry out their close support missions to the Iraqi troops fighting against Daech or to intervene in Syria. French aircraft were implicated in 2014 in the battle of Mosul, the crews could see their missions evolve as the fighting moved closer to the urban area. The objective of the French command is to effectively support the fight against Daech, but not at any price. No French or civilian loss is allowed, explains the commander of the BAP. The arming of the devices is adapted to these requirements. Patrols take off with a mixed configuration. One Rafale is equipped with four laser-guided GBU-12 bombs, while the other carries GPS-guided AASMs. Again, the bodies of bombs are variegated. Two AASMs are configured with a smaller military load to limit their effects (BLU-126 "low collateral dam-mages bomb"). This mixing offers several options for the crews, who can thus choose the type of guidance and the military load to optimize the effects of their strikes and avoid the collateral damage. The rockets of the armaments can also be adjusted to, for example, trigger the explosion of the bomb once it has penetrated the ground and, again, limit its effects. The Rafales also carry a Mica missile that could be used for self-defense but is used mainly as an infrared sensor.

    "Red card Holder".
    If strikes are ordered by the air command of the coalition, a French representative may at any time prohibit them if he considers that the context does not correspond to the French rules of engagement. It is said that he takes out the red card ("red card holder"). Once the strike is ordered, the crew searches for the best angle of attack to better control the effects of the bombardment. After the launch of the armaments, the pilots continue to follow the situation and the trajectory of the bomb. One of them said that bombs were diverted during their flight to uninhabited areas because the context had evolved and the risk of reaching civilians had become too great.

    Set up since the end of 2014, the BAP is well established. Its size has been optimized to allow the aircraft to carry out their missions and stay alert 24 hours a day. In three hours, a Rafale can be on-site, ready to intervene throughout the theater. Four hundred men and women are deployed to support the aircraft and the men, as well as the protection of the base, which is only 30 km from the Syrian border. This proximity is an asset for air missions. French fighters are much closer to their area of action than when they operate from the United Arab Emirates or the "Charles de Gaulle". Raqqa is a forty minutes flight and Mosul, less than an hour away.Some missions can be carried out without refueling. But the geographical location can also be a weakness in terms of security, because of the proximity of the combat zones. This is why the protective device is progressively strengthened.

    Reconnaissance missions.
    The Air Force insists on the consistency of the BAP tool. This is reflected in good availability rates and only 1% of the missions requested by the coalition canceled. The devices involved in Chammal benefit from the priority given to operations in terms of logistics and the involvement of mechanics deployed in operation.

    Several hundred kilometers from Jordan, the United Arab Emirates air base continues to participate in operations. The seven Rafale C squadron "Provence" participate a little less in the strikes but they are the only ones to implement the Reco NG capability in the framework of Operation Chammal, the pod not having been deployed in Jordan. Reconnaissance missions require lengthy preparation. The pilot must carefully plan his flight to fly in good conditions to areas deemed of interest by the High Command. The Reco NG nacelle is programmed and can orient its fixed focal length to the expected zones. The pilot optimizes its altitude and position to obtain the best angle of view. Upon returning from his mission, the intelligence unit of the squadron carries out an important analysis and then image-wrapping work, which is then sent to a centralized level, which will compare the data collected with other sources.

    In the United Arab Emirates, one third of the pilots are deployed over a long period, for two to three years. The others make short stays of two months. If the BAP aircraft in Jordan only carry out operational missions, the Emirates may be involved in training, particularly with local forces. They have significant resources and experience feedback from their involvement in operations in Yemen.
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    DISSUASION: CREATION OF THE EC 5/4 ON RAFALE

    [​IMG]With the scheduled withdrawal in the summer of 2018 of the last Mirage 2000N fighter bombers (entered into operational service in 1988), the task of the nuclear mission entrusted to the Air Force will be entirely based on the Rafale B / ASMP missile -A Strategic Air Force (FAS).

    They currently have two hunting squadrons: the EC 1/4 "Gascogne", based on the BA113 of Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne), which flies on Rafale B, and EC 2/4 " La Fayette ", which uses Mirage 2000 N / K3 on the Istres BA125 (Bouches-du-Rhone).The latter, of whom there are 20 (out of a total of 30 Mirage 2000 / K2 + modernized under the aegis of the DGA to launch the ASMP-A missile from 2011), are the survivors of the 75 new aircraft put in On the BA116 de Luxeuil within the EC 1/4 "Dauphiné" and 2/4 "La Fayette" between March 1986 and May 1993 (date of delivery of the last, the Mirage 2000N n ° 375).

    To prepare for his conversion on Rafale B and join Saint-Dizier next year with all his staff, the "La Fayette" will prepare this major movement by splitting its organic and human means into two entities: 'EC 5/4, strong of the two squadrons SPA81 and 167, created on the BA113 this month and which will begin the transformation of its specialized personnel with the EC 1/4' Gascogne 'as soon as the next school year, and On the other hand, EC 2/4, which remains in Istres with the two squadrons N124 and SPA96, in order to "finish" the Mirage 2000N in summer 2018.

    It should be remembered that the FAS squadrons organically have four squadrons each and 24 aircraft. In the fall of 2018, after the final Mirage 2000N was retired, the 4th Wing of Saint-Dizier, composed of the 1/4, 2/4 EC and the Rafale Transformation Squadron (ETR) 3 / 4 "Aquitaine" - will then take into account the fifty Rafale B out of the 54 delivered to the Air Force to date. The EC 2/4 will be the fifth Rafale squadron (RAF5), following EC 1/7 "Provence" (RAF1), EC 1/4 "Gascogne" (RAF2), EC 2/30 "Normandy-Niémen "(RAF3) and EC 3/30" Lorraine "(RAF4).
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    Video: all the power of the Rafale in a spectacular demonstration in Salon
    Friday 12/05/2017 at 09H19 Salon-de-Provence

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    Captain Martinez is the pilot of the "Rafale Solo Display". One of the ambassadors of the Air Force, who flies around the world to present this aircraft in its best light. The 2017 demonstration was validated at Salon


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    In the world of aeronautics, demonstrations of the "Rafale Solo Display" team are still very much awaited. With its two planes, its pilots and its mechanics, it carries the image, in France and worldwide, of the performances of the Rafale, the combat aircraft that equips the air force.

    With the Patrouille de France, the Aerobatics team, the Mirage 2000 "Delta Knife" and the return of the Alphajet solo, the "RSD" forms the group of "Ambassadors of the air force".All of them, with the exception of the PAF which is currently finishing its tour in North America, presented and validated their annual presentation in Salon-de-Provence on Air Base 701 on Tuesday, in the presence of the Chief of Staff of The Air Force, General André Lanata. On board the Rafale, Captain Jean-Guillaume Martinez, known as "Marty", saw his second season as a leading driver.According to the rhythm defined by the army, it is also his last. The 40-year-old, with 3,300 hours of flying time, including 1,350 on Rafale, and no fewer than 73 war missions during his career, is truly enthusiastic and professionalism.

    On video, Captain Martinez at the helm of the Rafale


    "At 10 G, we move only the fingers and the wrists"
    How was the presentation of your 2017 program, based on Salon-de-Provence?
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    It was excellent, perfect! We were able to evolve under a good weather, in front of General Lanata, and the demonstration was validated. The new livery of the Rafale, blue-white-red and acronym Air Force, was also very much appreciated.

    What have you changed, compared to 2016?
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    First, it is essential to change, so that I approach the flights with the maximum possible concentration. I do not want to settle in a kind of routine, even if the exercise remains very physical. With my coach, Captain Planche, we have in particular changed the take-off. This year, I climb spirally, and fall back to the vertical of the central point, at a publicly regulated distance of course. Then I run away at the perpendicular, so that the public can see the two engines in full afterburner. And I come back from the front.I also repeat some elements proposed last year, as a " touch and go ". I put the wheels, and I take off immediately ...

    You chain together spectacular figures.How long, and how quickly?
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    The demonstration lasts less than ten minutes, nine minutes and thirty seconds precisely.The maximum speed during this flight is mach 0.95 (1,173 km / h). But I never go beyond the wall of sound, it would be too dangerous for the spectators. Like last year, I am subject to load factors between -3G and + 10.5G. In other words, at the maximum of the flight, I weigh more than ten times my own weight.

    What is unbearable for ordinary mortals ...
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    I guarantee that even for a fighter pilot, which I sometimes board in the back seat, it shakes! At 10G, I can just move the fingers and wrists that control the mini-sleeve right and the throttle left. Then with addiction, the head must remain stable at 10G. It must be able to move at a high load factor. Me, I'm used to, I train for, which is almost daily. The human body is also fantastic, and gets used to this kind of constraint. By knowing the figures by heart, I manage to anticipate, to modify my breath, to contract the muscles, and so on.

    You have recently embarked the journalist Bernard de la Villardière ("Inquiry exclusive"), who was the victim of nausea in full flight ...
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    He was very brave! It must be known that it has integrated a normal training mission, we do not have the availability to accommodate flights specially intended for journalists. And it was necessarily a little shaken.

    What is the purpose of these successive demonstrations?
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    It's always the same, year after year: present the aircraft, in all its capacities. Without switching to subsonic, the maneuvers illustrate the fact that the aircraft runs tight, re-accelerates rapidly and can even fly slowly. This can be used during pilot recovery missions, or sky police.

    After having conducted many war missions, what brings you to be a pilot of the "Rafale Solo Display"?
    Jean-Guillaume Martinez:
    It's true that I have done a lot of external operations, but it's a pleasure to present the Rafale across the country, and in the world for aeronautical shows. This year the program is busy. We started in India and Malaysia in February and March, two countries where the Rafale is appreciated, and we will finish in November in Dubai, after having also flew to the United States a few days ago. In France, the weekly meetings will follow one another ( read the program by the way ), and I hope to pass on the flame to the younger generations, students from Salon air school to children who, like me when I was Every kid in Perpignan, dream of seeing planes pass over their heads.

    Video: the spectacular Patrouille de France in the USA
    In Avignon in September
    After having validated its demonstration this week in Salon-de-Provence, the "Rafale Solo Display" will begin the season of meetings on May 14 in Bordeaux, where will also be present the Patrouille de France, returning from the United States.In the south-east it will be seen in Saint-Tropez on July 22, in Palavas on July 27, in Saint-Cyprien on July 30, in Toulon on August 14, or in Avignon on September 24.Les Salonais should once again hear its characteristic noise at the beginning of July when the Air School promotions are presented.

    Eric Goubert
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    P.S so rafale pilots do manage to fly planes at 10G :rafale:
     
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    First live 2017 demo tomorow at Bordeaux show..

    Previous pilot (Tao) did quote values between 9 and 10.5g during the "square dance " figure.
     
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    According to veteran french forumer known as Blue wings
    Spectra is an illusionist which fools the enemy's radar by giving a false radar echo returns or totally supressing it
    completelly

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    Rafale: Dassault CEO evokes new contract in India

    Published on Sunday 14 May 2017 at 20:01 In Bordeaux, May 14, 2017 (AFP)


    Dassault Group CEO Eric Trappier said on Sunday that negotiations were underway with India for a new contract to sell at least fifty French combat aircraft Rafale in an interview published on Sunday Online from the Sud Ouest newspaper.

    "After the contract signed in India for the delivery of 36 Rafale aircraft and the ordering of 24 of these aircraft by Egypt and another 24 by Qatar, we should soon conclude a fourth contract abroad, It will be for 2018, "said the CEO of the aircraft manufacturer, present in Mérignac (Gironde) for the 80 years of Military Air Base 106 and an airshow.

    "We are in negotiations with Malaysia for 18 aircraft, but also with India for a second contract," he said. "The needs in India are enormous, so for the navy there are 57 aircraft," he said, adding that "Asia will be strategic for us in the years to come, India".

    At the end of March, former President François Hollande visited Malaysia, where Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed his interest in acquiring 18 aircraft worth about two billion euros.

    After a tough start to export, the Dassault Aviation fighter finally found a licensee in 2015 in Qatar and Egypt, the two countries acquiring 24 copies each. Then India ordered 36 in September 2016.

    jb / PFE / bp

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    Yeah, I had discussed this with both @vstol jockey and @Picdelamirand-oil.

    Gripen-E will soon come with similar technologies that's on the Rafale today. Much, much better than the F-16.
     
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    This is on expected line :) :BVICTORY::chilli:
     
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    http://indiandefence.com/threads/f1...s-and-possibilities.56222/page-81#post-561607
     

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