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  1. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    ]Rafale sets the pace for fast jets
    FRENCH Air Force pilot Capt Michael Brocard is back in the skies above RAF Fairford to put the Rafale fast jet through its paces.

    Last year he won the trophy for the best solo jet demonstration and among the aircraft vying with him for top honours this year is an RAF Typhoon, a Swedish Gripen and a Russian Yak-130.

    Did you always want to be a fast jet pilot?

    I really love the film The Right Stuff, about American test pilots and the formation of America's Space Programme so I have always wanted to be a fighter pilot, to fly fast, high and to pull many Gs.

    What is the most difficult manoeuvre?

    To pilot the Rafale with precision. When you are pulling more than 10G, the force on your body is immense.

    Which other fast jet is the stiffest competition?

    The Typhoon is very impressive and very powerful while the F/A-18 is also impressive.

    Which other fast jet would you like?

    I would like to fly as many other fast jets as possible. Fighter pilots are always curious about each other's aircraft.

    Rafale sets the pace for fast jets | This is Gloucestershire
     
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  2. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    I am not a fighter pilot, but i am always curious about any fighter that i see :tomcat:

    Hi DrSomnath999 how are you :wave:
     
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  3. DrSomnath999

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    Rafale Transformation Squadron increases training capacity with Thales simulators
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    Farnborough – Thales announces the acceptance by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) of the upgrade to the F3.2 standard of the first two Rafale simulator cabins at the simulation centre in Saint-Dizier. The Rafale Transformation Squadron in Saint-Dizier, which has a total of four cabins, provides training on the Rafale for French Air Force and Navy pilots, offering them a very high level of training in a complex tactical environment.

    This upgrade will improve the instruction and training provided to prepare this squadron for the following missions of the Rafale F3:

    air-to-sea attack with the AM39 anti-ship missile
    reconnaissance with the Reco-NG pod
    air support with the Damocles laser targeting pod
    nuclear deterrence with the ASMP/A enhanced medium-range air-to-ground missile

    The Rafale simulation centre in Landivisiau, which has two simulators, will be upgraded to the F3.2 standard in the summer of 2013.

    As the European leader in simulation solutions for the Armed Forces, Thales has been developing training solutions for more than 50 years and offers a broad portfolio of systems from tactical trainers to high-fidelity simulators for numerous platforms. More than 160 military aircraft simulators in 30 countries rely on high-performance systems designed by Thales.
    Rafale Transformation Squadron increases training capacity with Thales simulators - Thales Group
     
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    I want to sit in this simulator.
     
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    ^^^Our IAF pilots are very lucky,

    This cockpit looks like an alien craft
     
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    Arrival of the first Rafale in Clermont-Ferrand

    On 12 July 2012, the industrial workshop of Aeronautics (IAA) in Clermont-Ferrand hosted the first fighter Rafale by air.
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    This results from the arrival of the Rafale contract to upgrade the Air Force, notified the school in February 2011. To date, these changes were made to work by a detachment of specialists Clermont Air Base 118 of Mont-de-Marsan. After an initial phase making skills, the Rafale car No. C106 becomes the first in a series of 52 aircraft to be modified on the industrial site of Clermont-Ferrand.

    After the work given to the last standard of the top ten of Naval Aviation Rafale, started in November 2011, the focal area of ​​the AIA on the aircraft type expands and confirms the major role of the establishment in the maintenance of the newest fleets of hosts.

    The site of modification of the Rafale fleet had its beginnings in February 2011 on the airbase Mont-de-Marsan. Since then, thirteen had cars have been upgraded. Today, to help increase the pace and after a period of training to users, the first aircraft landed at the AIA Clermont-Ferrand. This starts a period of four years, will cover the Rafale two-seaters and single seaters.

    The changes bring the Rafale enhanced capabilities in the areas of communications, interoperability and data exchange with ground troops.

    The AIA Clermont-Ferrand is one of the sites of the aerospace industrial service (SIAé) with those of Bordeaux, Cuers-Pierrefeu Ambérieu, Brittany and central government in Paris.

    The main tasks assigned to the AIA are conducted for the benefit of the French armed forces. They consist in the maintenance of aircraft (Mirage 2000, Mirage F1, AlphaJet, Transall, Puma, Gazelle), equipment maintenance and construction of renovations and modifications of aircraft and special facilities to the forces.
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    Bastille day, Rafale and Typhoon over Paris
    10:42am, July 14th 2012, as part of the first bastille day parade of French President François Hollande, 2 Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon flew along side 2 Rafale of the French Air Force.
    Those Typhoon came from the n°29 squadron based at Coningsby.

    No less than 8 Rafale flew this year over the Champs Elysées in all the fighting formations of the aerial parade, illustrating the total versatility reached by the jet in 2012:

    reconnaissance / anticipation :
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    Prevention :
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    Dissuasion :
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    Pictures of the parade
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    Rafale News: Bastille day, Rafale and Typhoon over Paris
     
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    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, July 18:
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    Some AFP pics from Bastille Day:

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    BTW, who is the hell OLYBRIUS?
     
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    India’s BEL moves to establish radar JV with Thales in line with MMRCA requirements
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    India’s state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has moved to establish a joint venture (JV) with French firm Thales to develop and produce radars for the Indian defence market. The JV has been under consideration for several years, although renewed impetus is likely to have been provided by India’s selection earlier in 2012 of the Dassault Rafale for its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) programme
    India’s BEL moves to establish radar JV with Thales in line with MMRCA requirements | Odin Flight
     
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    Its indeed a beautiful yet a Mean Machine
     
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    Dassault’s Great Expectations


    PARIS — Dassault Aviation expects France’s portion of the company’s annual revenues to be cut in half — to around 10 percent — as the government slashes defense, sales of business jets recover, and an expected Indian export win for the Rafale fighter brings in foreign revenue, Executive Chairman Charles Edelstenne said July 26.
    France’s share of Dassault’s sales consists mainly of the Rafale jet fighter, delivered at an agreed rate of 11 aircraft a year.

    That annual rate — one per month with a break for the August holiday period — was deemed to be the minimum to keep the production line open and keep the 500 companies in the supply chain working.
    Over the next three or so years, the French share of sales will likely fall to 10 percent from the present 20, Edelstenne said during a news conference on the company’s first-half sales.

    The first factor, a drop in French military spending, is “certain,” he said.
    A second factor is a potential recovery in the market for business jets, notably in the United States, which has the world’s largest fleet of small aircraft and which will gradually undergo a renewal of that fleet. Dassault builds the Falcon business jet.


    And third, there are “good hopes of winning the Indian contract for Rafale,” Edelstenne said.
    Dassault’s forecast for a pickup in business aviation is realistic and the overall financial results were good, a market analyst said.

    “A recovery in civil aviation is what we have, too,” said Yan Derocles, analyst at French brokerage Oddo.
    On the whole, Dassault’s financial results were good, and a delay of a few weeks for delivery of two Rafales to the French authorities did not pose a problem, Derocles said.
    It will take around three years to ramp up production for the Rafales expected to be bought under the Indian program to acquire 126 medium-range multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA). India selected Dassault for exclusive negotiations in January after eliminating the Eurofighter Typhoon on cost grounds.


    Of the Indian contract negotiations, Edelstenne said, “It’s taking its normal course.”
    Asked whether the abrupt departure of Yves Blanc — until recently the head of international development at the Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office — would affect export campaigns of the Rafale, Edelstenne said, “No.”

    In India, Defence Ministry sources affirmed that Blanc’s departure would have no effect on the MMRCA negotiations.
    The officials who drafted the French defense budget assumed the Rafale would sell abroad, but as customers have so far failed to sign up, the French government has had to buy the annual 11 units at an estimated 800 million euros ($983 million).

    If India does purchase the Rafale, that will allow France to reduce its share of jets, but it is unclear what level that will be, Edelstenne said.
    France has maintained defense spending, but cuts are expected.
    President François Hollande on July 13 appointed Jean-Marie Guéhenno as head of a team to draft a white paper on defense and national issues, which will set strategic objectives of the new French administration.
    That document will feed into drawing up next year’s budget and the new multiyear military budget law. The Defense Ministry must negotiate with the Finance Ministry, and the prime minister will act as referee.
    Edelstenne said he was “not very optimistic,” as the defense minister has already said there is a 3 billion to 4 billion euro funding shortfall.

    Asked what he hoped to see in the new defense budget, Edelstenne said “development of new equipment, funding of studies, development of future Rafale standards.”

    The French Senate’s foreign affairs, defense and armed forces committee said in a July 25 statement that military spending should not fall below 1.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) as the present capabilities are on the border of “insufficiency.”

    France spends about 2 percent of GDP on defense, in line with NATO recommendations.
    Government leaders have shown political support for arms exports.
    “There is a determination to support exports by this government,” Edelstenne said. “I have simply observed, at the political level, each time our highest political representatives met politicians from prospect countries, they raised the subject of exports.

    “Whatever the complexion of the government, not to support exports would be suicidal,” he said. “I have no doubt [of] the French government’s support for exports.”
    As for his successor, Edelstenne said a decision will be made at the end of the year, as he is reaching the statutory retirement age.

    On the financials, Dassault reported a first-half net profit of 179 million euros, compared with 94 million a year ago, up 91 percent. That excluded its 26 percent stake in electronics company Thales.
    The net profit margin was 9.3 percent of sales, excluding the Thales stake, compared with 7.1 percent.
    Operating profit was 244 million euros, up from 99 million euros, helped by increased sales. The operating profit margin was 12.7 percent.

    Sales totaled 1.9 billion euros, up from 1.32 billion euros a year ago. That was comparable to the levels seen in 2010, before a drop in Falcon deliveries hit revenues. The company has delivered 34 Falcons so far, compared with 19. Exports made up 77 percent of sales.

    Orders totaled 1.42 billion euros, compared with 953 million, 74 percent of which were in civil aircraft, with 25 Falcon contracts versus 22 a year ago.
    Military orders grew to 376 million euros against 147 million, helped by an NH90 helicopter flight simulator contract awarded to the Sogitec subsidiary. The order book stood at 8.2 billion euros.

    The net cash position rose to 3.7 billion euros from 3.3 billion.
    The company completed repayment of 400 million euros debt taken up to buy the stake in Thales.

    Dassault’s Great Expectations | Defense News | defensenews.com
     
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    Combat Aircraft Monthly, September 2012:
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