2021 will in all probability be the year of the Rafale in military aviation. Indeed, according to the Indonesian website Airspace-Review.com, the Jakarta authorities have signed an “Initial Contract” with Dassault Aviation opening the way for branch negotiations concerning the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft as part of the “Come Into Force” plan (in English in the text) with the aim of to sign the final contract in December 2021. Branch negotiations will focus in particular on the industrial and economic compensation package accompanying the program, Indonesian law being particularly clear and strict on this subject.
If it is not, strictly speaking, a firm order leading to the payment of a deposit, this signature constitutes an officialization of the bilateral negotiations which take place between Paris and Jakarta, by integrating it into the legal process. import of defense equipment provided for by Indonesian law. The negotiations to come will still be long and difficult, as demonstrated by the program for the acquisition of a dozen Su-35s, which had also taken this step, but which got bogged down for several years on the issue of industrial compensation and economic issues, and ended up being postponed under threat of US sanctions under CAATSA legislation. The fact remains that this is undoubtedly excellent news for Dassault Aviation and the French military aeronautics industry, which in recent months have seen many files progressing rapidly, since in addition to the 3 orders from Greece , from Egypt and Croatia already recorded, the Rafale is apparently in a favorable position in the Swiss competition, that Dassault anticipates a probable new order for 2 additional squadrons from New Delhi, and that openings would have been obtained with several other countries such as the United Arab Emirates.
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