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France Develops a Successor for the MICA Missile

August 6, 2018 by · Comment
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The French armament directorate (DGA) has launched a development program that will modernize the MICA air/air and surface/air missile, introducing a new generation of the weapon (MICA NG).

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Qatar Confirms Order for 24 Rafales

December 18, 2015 by · Comment
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The contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar came into force today. Qatar joins France, Egypt and India that have ordered the Rafale. The Qatari order increases the foreign orders worth €15 billion for Rafale to 84. Photo: Dassault AviationThe contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar came into force today. Qatar joins France, Egypt and India that have ordered the Rafale. The Qatari order increases the foreign orders worth €15 billion for Rafale to 84.
              

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Dassault, HAL likely to become joint primes for MMRCA

March 6, 2015 by · Comment
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France confirms sale of Rafale fighter jets to Egypt

February 12, 2015 by · Comment
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Paris, Cairo ‘close to agreement’ on Rafale, FREMM deal worth 5-6 Billion

January 16, 2015 by · Comment
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India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

December 31, 2014 by · Comment
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India, France put MMRCA ‘on the fast track’

December 2, 2014 by · Comment
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Thales introduces AESA based maritime surveillance airborne radar

October 28, 2014 by · Comment
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World First: Neuron UCAV flying in formation with Rafale, Falcon 7X

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Thales Develops a New Generation Laser Designation Pod for Rafale, Mirage 2000

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Rafale Deliveries Could Begin in 2016-2017

June 18, 2013 by · Comment
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dassault_rafale300Paris, Le Bourget: On the occasion of the Paris Air Show, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman, Dr RK Tyagi and Dassault Aviation chairman, Eric Trappier and their respective Senior Executives met to review the progress in ongoing projects. Among the...

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IAF Chief: Rafale Contract Should Be Signed This Year

February 7, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: France, India, Syndicated Industry News 
By April or May the MMRCA contract negotiations should move to the next stage, including a crucial review by the ministry of finance. "If all goes well by the middle of the year we will be in a position to sign the contract" Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne said

IAF Chief: Rafale Contract Should Be Signed This Year

February 7, 2013 by · Comment
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By April or May the MMRCA contract negotiations should move to the next stage, including a crucial review by the ministry of finance. "If all goes well by the middle of the year we will be in a position to sign the contract" Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Norman Browne said

India to Buy Airbus Tankers Over Russian Proposal

It is being reported that India has gone ahead and selected the Airbus A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for its new aerial tanker mission. This aircraft is manufactured by EADS and has been chosen by the U.K., Australia and some Middle Eastern states as well. The aircraft was proposed for the new U.S. Air Force tanker but that contract went to Boeing (BA) with a version of the 767 aircraft 2 years ago.

India selected the A330 to augment a small fleet of Russian Il-76 based tankers rather then buying more of those aircraft in a blow to Russian military overseas sales.

While the aircraft has been selected to fulfill the requirement the final contract has yet to be negotiated and should be some time in the next year. As the new fighter program shows, won by France’s Rafale, it may take some time to compelte final negotiations and actually award the contract.

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Despite French Pressure, HAL Remains India’s Lead Integrator for the Rafale

January 3, 2013 by · Comment
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MOD firmly supports HAL's position as India's military aircraft manufacturer, despite increasing pressure mounted to expedite Rafale (MMRCA) fighter planes

Canada Reconsidering F-35 Buy?

Canada like many of the U.S. allied nations that purchased U.S. fighter aircraft in the 80’s is facing the need to upgrade their forces. They have used the CF-18 now for several years. They like others joined the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program early on providing R&D funds for the new aircraft. In 2010 the Conservative government decided to go ahead and commit to the production part of the contract with plans to buy 65 of the advanced fighters from Lockheed Martin (LMT). The move was controversial with the opposition ending up forcing a vote of no confidence in the government over the decision.

The Conservatives did well in the following election and actually increased their hold in Parliament.

The JSF program has seen major schedule slips as well as cost increases. This is why it is controversial in Canada, the U.S. and other potential buying nations. The U.S. has recently announced in their upcoming budget plans to reduce the annual buys of the aircraft in order to save money. This will stretch out the delivery times and further increase the price of the aircraft. Their also continue to be nagging technical problems common in any development program that has restricted testing and training.

Now there are reports coming out of Canada that it may be reconsidering their plans to buy the JSF. In testimony to Parliament defense officials stressed that they are still intending to buy the aircraft but there is no contract and they could leave the program if they wanted to. Canada has already stated that they will not spend more then they currently plan on the JSF which could lead to reduced numbers if the prices continue to increase.

If Canada does not buy the F-35 they will be faced with deciding between a variety of current aircraft. These include the Boeing (BA) F/A-18, Eurofighter Typhoon and France’s Rafale. The U.S. remains committed to the program and it will replace the F-16, F/A-18, and other aircraft.

If Canada does leave it would be a blow to the program and might encourage other purchasers like Holland and Japan to reconsider their choice.

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SAAB Wins One As Swiss To Buy Gripen

The major combat aircraft manufacturers are often dueling to win contracts from outside their home countries. Many of the contracts awarded go to primarily U.S. aircraft or Eurofighter, the consortium from Europe. That leaves smaller providers like France’s Dassault or Sweden’s SAAB who have only sold to their domestic arm forces scrambling for whatever deals they can find.

So far neither has been able to win a contract from an overseas customer. Dassault’s Rafale does remain a contender for India’s MMRCA contract expected to be awarded this month but it is in competition with Eurofighter’s Typhoon. Rafale is also still technically being considered by Brazil but that contract has stalled. SAAB was eliminated by India in the first round and Brazil has not given any indication that they are seriously considering their product.

Many NATO countries will be buying Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as a replacement for the F-16 fleet purchased thirty years ago. This includes countries like the Netherlands, Canada, the U.K. and Australia that would have been long shots for the Swedish or French aircraft.

SAAB especially has been looking for a foreign sale as that country has almost completed its buy of aircraft meaning there would be no demand for it and SAAB would have to make cuts to its work force and capabilities. But now Switzerland has announced that they will buy the Gripen as a replacement for their elderly Northrop F-5 fighters.

The contract is for 22 aircraft and will also most likely include engineering and logistical support. The contract value is estimated at around $3 billion. SAAB has been very aggressive in marketing the aircraft and has offered good prices to its customers.

The contract will be a big blow to the French who had hoped to sell the Rafael to multiple customers and now really has only one left – India, although there are potential deals in the Middle East as well.

As domestic defense budgets get reduced these kind of contracts increase in value as ways to keep production lines going and workers employed. The competition for the remaining contracts will become ever more intense and cut throat.

Photo from Jerry Gunner’s flickr photostream.

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