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Sarkozy Confident Brazil Will Buy Rafales

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  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Published: 14 Apr 2010 07:32
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    WASHINGTON - French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed confidence April 13 that Brazil would choose French-made Rafale fighter jets for its air force in a hotly contested bidding process.

    "I am confident. Things are progressing," Sarkozy said when asked about the contract after meeting Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington.

    Brasilia has stated its preference to purchase 36 French-made, semi-stealth Rafale jets, but a firm deal has not been announced.

    Lula is expected to announce his choice in mid-May, having pushed back a decision from April.

    "If it's a decision taken by the president and the government, it's inevitably a political decision," Sarkozy said.

    But, he said, "it's not just a political criterion. The Rafale is an excellent plane. ... President Lula and I really have a great bond. I know what he's thinking. There are no surprises on this issue."

    The Rafale, made by Dassault, is seen as the front-runner in a tender also contested by Sweden's Gripen NG by Saab and by the F/A-18 Super Hornet by Boeing.

    The deal is estimated to be worth between $4 billion and $7 billion, depending on details of armaments, maintenance and peripheral industrial involvement. Brazil could also end up buying up to another 100 fighter jets from the supplier over the long term.

    Brazil has made technology transfer the main priority in the tender, so it can produce fighter aircraft itself and boost its aviation industry. Lula previously said the Rafale deal would be more advantageous in that respect for Brazil.
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  2. gowthamraj

    gowthamraj Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    rafle-a master piece of french. it going to win indian mrca as well
     
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    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Rafale is a good aircraft, and i am not sure why it is not getting orders. The main reason could be because of its expense compare to aircrafts like F-16 Block 50+ and Russian Su-30. The market is for the aircrafts that are affordable and also effective. This is where Rafale, Typhoon, JSF all lose.
     
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    ya the main demerit is huge price tag
     
  5. Dark_Prince

    Dark_Prince 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Its engine is bit under-powered, and yes others are way too cheaper. I hope we are not the first International buyers of Rafale!

    P.S: Whatever may be the result it should be EF or Rafale!
     
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