Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticisms and reservations about the Rafale program: too efficient, too technological, the Dassault Aviation plane was above all too expensive, while the Europe was engaged in a rapid deflation of the armed forces and especially of the budget allocated to Defense. It is true that at that time, France had excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to amount to counterinsurgency interventions as in Afghanistan.

14 years later, this same plane could well record an exceptional year in the field of exports, being able to even exceed the extraordinary series recorded by Jean-Yves Le Drian, when the latter succeeded in convincing Egypt, Qatar and France. 'India to acquire the French aircraft between 2015 and 2016. Indeed, the year which begins sees the export opportunities of the Rafale accumulate, with very often real and proven chances of success, likely to make Rafale program the commercial success that no one presided over it ten years ago.

The Rafales are eagerly awaited by the Greek air force, the final contract to be signed before the end of January 2021

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