The year had already started very well for the French Rafale combat aircraft, with orders for the 18 aircraft for Greece, and 30 new planes for Egypt. She could well become exceptional in the next few weeks. Indeed the French apparatus is well positioned in several competitions: Croatia, for which France offers 12 second-hand devices against the American F16V and the Swedish Gripen, as Switzerland, whose call for tenders covers around XNUMX devices for which the French Rafale is opposed to the European Typhoon, as well as the American Super Hornets and F35A, must both announce their arbitrations in the days or weeks to come. Finland, for its part, will announce its choice among the Rafale, the Typhoon, the Gripen, the Super Hornet and the F35A, by the end of the year, for an order for more than 60 aircraft. But Indonesia could well grill the politeness to the Europeans, by announcing very soon an order estimated between 24 and 40 aircraft, 36 Rafale being the most commonly advanced figure.
Indeed, according to journalist Michel Cabirol from latribune.fr, all that is now missing would be the approval of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to formalize the order for French aircraft, negotiations between Team Rafale, the French State and the Indonesian Ministry of Defense having been completed, and the final offer validated. by the services of Minister Prabowo Subianto, who must meet the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly within a few weeks according to the services of the ministry. If this order were to be successful, and there is hardly any reason to doubt it now even if Jakarta's domestic policy is about as complex as that of New Delhi, Indonesia would become the 5th customer in the world. export of French aircraft, after Egypt (54 aircraft), Qatar (36 aircraft), India (36 aircraft), and Greece (18 aircraft). It should be borne in mind, however, that the order for Rafale aircraft by Indonesia had already been announced as imminent in the past, both by French sources Indonesian, and that the political rivalry between President Joko Widodo and his Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto could once again slow down or postpone the process.
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