Will the Rafale be the heir to the Mirage III for the future of the French aeronautical industry?

Fast, agile, powerful and well-armed, the Mirage III is unquestionably a legend in military fighter aviation around the world. In the hands of Israeli pilots, Dassault Aviation's single-engine delta-wing fighter prevailed against Arab MiGs and Hunters during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, and played a decisive role in the Jewish state's victory in the these two conflicts, adorning the aircraft with an aura of efficiency and performance that built its export success with 1400 aircraft built (Mirage III and V), and which imposed Dassault Aviation's fighters on the international market during several decades.…

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Does Franco-German cooperation around FCAS worry the countries of the Middle East?

The Persian Gulf countries, and their allies in the Middle East, have been loyal customers of the French defense industry for several decades, and in particular for Dassault Aviation's combat aircraft. Thus, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and its ally, Egypt, have between them ordered 170 Rafale aircraft, i.e. nearly 60% of the exports recorded to date for this aircraft, after having ordered 100 Mirage 2000, i.e. 35% of exports for this model. Further upstream, Iraq had been Dassault's largest customer for its Mirage F1 after the Air Force, and Egypt the...

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Can the French aeronautical industry bounce back from the success of the F-35 in Europe?

At the end of last week, and as anticipated, the Finnish authorities announced that they had selected the American F-35A fighter to succeed the F-18s within its air force, at the end of the HX competition which saw once again the American fighter to the other Western models, F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon. As in Switzerland, the conclusions presented by the Finnish authorities are final, the F-35 appearing superior to other competitors in all areas, including in the area of ​​budgetary sustainability. And as in Switzerland, many voices are now being raised to restore…

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UAE Mirage 2000-9 interests Morocco and Egypt

There are signs that do not deceive. Barely a week after the announcement made of the order of 80 Rafale by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, that the sixty Mirage 2000-9 acquired at the end of the 90s by the country, and which must precisely be replaced by the Rafales ordered, would have already found takers. Indeed, according to several sources of information, it appears that Egypt, but also Morocco, would have approached Abu Dhabi in order to acquire these fighter planes which still have a remarkable operational potential. If Cairo's request is not surprising, the air force...

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United Arab Emirates orders 80 Rafale F4s from France for € 16bn

If an order for Rafale aircraft was expected during Emmanuel Macron's whirlwind visit to the Gulf countries from December 2 to 4, very few hoped that it would reach such a volume! Indeed, the French President and his Emirati counterpart, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, commonly known as MBZ, signed two contracts this morning for a record amount of €16 billion relating firstly to the acquisition 80 Rafale aircraft to the F4 standard for €14 billion, including the aircraft but also maintenance infrastructure, spare parts and staff training, as well as a €2 billion contract with…

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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The Rafale would be close to seducing the United Arab Emirates

The Rafale in the United Arab Emirates is a long story... For more than 10 years now, the hypothesis of an imminent order for the French plane by Abu Dhabi has not ceased to emerge, then to sink back just as quickly in the 'oversight. It may well be, however, that this Scottish shower will come to an end in the coming weeks. Indeed, according to the French economic site Challenges.fr, an order for 60 Rafales would be close to being concluded with the United Arab Emirates, and could even be formalized during the visit of the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron. , in the Persian Gulf from December 2 to 4. Neither the Ministry of the Armed Forces, nor...

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Pakistan, Turkey: When Qatar trains its allies to face the Rafale

Qatar was one of France's first two partners to trust Dassault Aviation's Rafale, just as it trusted the Mirage 2000 twenty years earlier, the aircraft having long been the backbone of the small state's air defense. gas. Not only did Doha order 24 Rafales from Paris in 2015, only a few weeks after Egypt's first export order for the aircraft, but two years later it ordered a dozen additional copies, as well as the modernization of its fleet to F3R standard. In this sense, Doha certainly played an important role in the success that we know today of the…

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The French ARES turns to the Mirage 2000 to train the European armies

In recent years, several companies have specialized in the provision of advanced air service to armies around the world. This is particularly the case in a very specific field, that of the RedAir, namely private aircraft playing the role of hostile aircraft to train the air, naval and land forces to face this type of adversary. This phenomenon has taken on a dazzling rise in particular in the United States for 5 years, since the market, which brings together players such as Draken or Atac, has now reached its maturity threshold in a market that exceeds one billion dollars annually. It must be said that, for the armies,...

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Egypt to order 30 new Rafale from France

Discussions between Paris and Cairo regarding a new order for Rafale aircraft had been underway for several months, Egypt having expressed its wish to "double its Rafale fleet" last February. According to documents obtained by the Disclose news site, these negotiations would have succeeded, and a contract of almost €4 billion for an order of 30 new Rafale planes would have been signed on April 26. After the formalization of the order for 18 Rafale by Greece 3 months ago, this is therefore excellent news and a new success for the French aircraft, with one of its largest and oldest customers,…

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