What is the deferred Rafale contract that Dassault CEO Eric Trappier referred to?

On the occasion of the presentation of the half-year results to the group's shareholders, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013, referred to a contract relating to the sale of Rafale aircraft for export, a contract which would have been postponed until due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, without specifying which country this potentially imminent order for the French plane came from. The opportunity of course to take an overview of the competitions and negotiations in progress involving the Rafale, to deduce, if possible, who could be this mysterious client to which Eric Trappier referred La Suisse Après la 2014 vote...

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In Southeast Asia, the number of submarines has increased by 300% in 20 years

With the rise of the Chinese fleet, which aims to equal the US Navy by 2050, and the policy of fait accompli sometimes implemented by Beijing, naval tensions in Southeast Asia have increased since ten years. It is therefore not surprising to note that the majority of the countries in the zone are developing and modernizing their navies, sometimes in a substantial way. Beyond Japan, the two Koreas, Australia and India, many Marines, who until then were confined to coastal defense and State action missions at sea, are now being given of…

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Indonesia offers Vienna to buy Austrian Typhoons

In the world of arms contracts, India has the reputation of being a difficult client, capable of spectacular about-faces, and very difficult to negotiate. It would seem that Indonesia is making great efforts to deserve such a reputation, as its defense equipment policy is difficult to read today. Indeed, after announcing the like of the Su-35, then of the F16V, being interested in the F35, and having indicated its interest in a Rafale fleet, now Jakarta surprises everyone by offering Austria to acquire its fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. It must be said that Indonesian changes of course are often staggering. Subsequently, Jakarta…

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Indonesia could buy MV-22 Osprey

This Monday, July 6, the US State Department announced that it had approved $7,5 billion in arms sales within the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS). These political export authorizations now authorize the States concerned to proceed with their purchases, which therefore means that all FMS authorizations will not necessarily give rise to definitive sales contracts. For the time being, the US State Department has therefore authorized the sale of aviation fuel to Israel, six Black Hawk helicopters to Lithuania, armored infantry transport vehicles to Argentina and three E- 2D Hawkeye for…

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Thales and MBDA chosen to modernize the Indonesian light frigate KRI Usman-Harun

With a defense budget having increased by 16% in 2020, the Indonesian armies have increased resources to modernize their equipment, in the context of growing tensions with China under the guise of territorial claims in the South China Sea. In addition to the air forces negotiating to acquire new combat aircraft, the Indonesian Navy is also accelerating its modernization schedule for its buildings. In this case, the Indonesian authorities announced this week that they had selected the company Thales and the European missile manufacturer MBDA to modernize the light frigate KRI Usman-Harun, one of the three units of the Bung-Tomo class. The modernization of the other two frigates, the…

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Indonesia weighs acquisition of Russian Su-35s to obtain American F-35s

Finally, it would seem that Indonesia is much less the victim of American pressure than it seems concerning the acquisition of Russian Su-35 fighters. Indeed, Jakarta denied the information published by Bloomberg a few days ago on an Indonesian renunciation of the purchase of 11 Russian Su-35s to replace its Su-27s in favor of American F-16Vs. On the contrary, the country's authorities seem to want to use this order signed in 2018, and the terms of which are still being discussed with Moscow, particularly in terms of payment, to force Washington's hand in order to authorize the export of F35 to Indonesia. Indeed, the F-35A would correspond…

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Indonesia cancels order for Russian Su-35s amid US pressure

Traditionally non-aligned, Indonesia used to balance its defense equipment acquisitions between the different blocs. During the Cold War, like India, the air forces of Jakarta thus jointly flew Soviet Mig 19s and Mig 21s alongside American A4 Skyhawks, and this situation continued after the fall of the Soviet Union, by changing set of Russian Su-27s and Su-30s and American F16s. But this type of “intermediate” positioning no longer suits Washington. Since his arrival at the White House, Donald Trump has clearly undertaken to reconstitute a bloc structure on the planet, with on the one hand…

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To face China, Indonesia is interested in Rafale and French submarines

According to Michel Cabirol in the columns of the economic site latribune.fr, the visit of the Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, to Paris earlier this week would have opened up interesting opportunities for the French defense industry in the country. Indeed, Jakarta, which has just increased the budget of the armies by 16% in 2020, would be interested in several major French equipment to strengthen its armed forces, and to be able to dissuade Beijing from any action by excess of confidence in the region. If it is, for the time being, only preliminary discussions, the French solution would offer several significant assets to carry the decision. According to information…

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