Indonesia formalizes its order for 36 Rafale

2021 will, in all probability, be the year of the Rafale in the military aeronautical world. Indeed, according to the Indonesian site Airspace-Review.com, the Jakarta authorities have signed an "Initial Contract" with Dassault Aviation, paving the way for branch negotiations concerning the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft as part of the "Come Into Force” (in English in the text) with the aim of signing the final contract in December 2021. The branch negotiations will focus in particular on the package of industrial and economic compensation accompanying the program, Indonesian law being particularly clear and strict on this subject. . If it is not, strictly speaking,…

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The F16 Block 70/72 Viper on the offensive in Indonesia against the Rafale

The selection of the French offer based on 12 second-hand Rafales by Croatia was received with some bitterness in the United States. To be convinced of this, it suffices to read the Anglo-Saxon specialized press concerning this acquisition to understand that the choice of Zagreb in favor of second-hand Rafale F3Rs and not new F16Vs upsets certain certainties across the Atlantic. And obviously, the United States, and Lockheed-martin in particular, have no intention of reliving in the future what they perceive as a humiliation. This is particularly the case in Indonesia in the context of the modernization of the Indonesian Air Force, about which the authorities…

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The Rafale close to landing in Indonesia

The year had already started very well for the French Rafale combat aircraft, with orders for 18 aircraft for Greece and 30 new aircraft for Egypt. It could well become exceptional in the next few weeks. Indeed, the French aircraft is well positioned in several competitions: Croatia, for which France offers 12 second-hand aircraft against the American F16V and the Swedish Gripen, like Switzerland, whose call for tenders covers around forty of aircraft 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…

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Indonesia to order 36 Rafale and 8 F-15EX this year

As we know, discussions are progressing quickly and well between Paris and Jakarta on the subject of the acquisition of a large number of Rafale aircraft, with the aim of modernizing and rapidly strengthening Indonesian air power in the face of increasing tensions in the Indo-Pacific region. We now know a little more about the priorities of the Indonesian Air Force, but also about the timetable it aims for its application. Indeed, according to statements made by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, Air Marshal Fajar Prasetyo, during a meeting that took place at the headquarters of the Air Force on…

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Egypt would negotiate the "doubling" of its Rafale fleet

The Rafale has been on the rise in recent months, and by the very admissions of Dassault Aviation operational staff, commercial activity has never been so intense for many years. In addition to the order of the 18 Greek Rafale signed a few weeks ago, Paris is actively negotiating with Jakarta and Baghdad, two countries which wish to concretize their orders for the French plane within deadlines presented as short. But other countries are also in negotiations with Team Rafale, particularly in the Middle East. Thus, the United Arab Emirates want to replace their fleet of mirage 2000-9 by the French plane, which would evolve alongside the F35A ordered from the…

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Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticism and reservations about the Rafale program: too powerful, 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 Defence. It is true that at that time, France maintained excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to be limited to counter-insurgency interventions such as in Afghanistan. 14 years later, this same aircraft could well record an exceptional year in…

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Indonesia wants to build an air force of 170 fighters in the coming years

In recent months, Indonesia's acquisition and communication strategy for defense programs has been perceived as chaotic to say the least. Indeed, the country, which today has a strong fleet of around fifteen Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, around thirty American F-16s and around forty FA- 50 South Koreans and British Hawks, has engaged in all-out negotiations to modernize the latter: here 11 Su-35s with Moscow, there 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons with Austria, F16s or F35s with the United States, and recently 36 or 48 Rafale with France. These announcements were...

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Indonesia is close to an order for 48 French Rafales

The modernization of the Indonesian Air Force is a complex issue, rich in twists and turns. While Washington has just refused the sale of F35A to Jakarta, offering it instead the latest version of the F16, the Block 70 Viper, the Indonesian authorities have turned to Vienna to negotiate the purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon block fleet 1 Austrian, which the country is in a hurry to get rid of. At the same time, Moscow hoped that the order for 13 Su-35s could be put back in the saddle, after being halted in 2018 by Jakarta over fears of being subject to American sanctions within the framework of…

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US denies sale of F35 to Indonesia paving way for Su-35s

The modernization of the Indonesian air force looks more and more like a soap opera, so many are the twists and turns. While Jakarta has entered into negotiations with Vienna with a view to acquiring the 15 used Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets which the Austrian authorities would be delighted to get rid of, Washington has just sent an unfavorable response to the Indonesian request concerning the acquisition of F35, offering as an alternative the F16 Block 72+ or the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet. But for the Indonesian authorities, this refusal could be used as an argument to validate the order of 11 Russian Su-35s fighters in negotiation for several years. Traditionally non-aligned, Indonesia…

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Austria ready to sell Eurofighter Typhoon to Indonesia

During his visit to Europe, the Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, announced that he had offered Austria the purchase of its 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoon planes, in order to strengthen and modernize the Indonesian air force. The information caused a stir, but in the absence of an official response from Vienna, and especially following a "denial" from President Joko Widodo who had indicated that for the time being, the country remained in negotiation with Moscow about the acquisition of 12 Su-35, it quickly lost interest. However, it seems that the Austrian authorities are determined to…

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