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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Rafale order from UAE could lead to new short-term contracts

The order for 80 Rafale aircraft signed last Friday by the United Arab Emirates has profoundly upset the industrial dynamics around the French combat aircraft, by securing the sustainability and production of the assembly line over the next ten years, and by putting the Rafale and the F35 on an equal footing, Abu Dhabi having confirmed that it was still determined to acquire the 50 American combat aircraft from Lockheed-Martin to evolve alongside the new French aircraft. But this order also puts several partners of France under pressure, who had signified a potential intention to order the device, so…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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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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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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Qatar turn to KMW's German Boxer and drop Nexter's VBCI

Exactly 3 years ago, Doha announced two major contracts for the French Defense industry: the exercise of an option to acquire 12 additional Rafale aircraft to the 24 already ordered, as well as a €2 billion contract to acquire 490 Armored Infantry Combat, or VBCI, manufactured by Nexter. If the Rafale order went perfectly, and is almost finished today, the VBCI file has, for its part, experienced many delays, with the process of selecting the turret which was to equip the armored vehicle, then because of the increasingly strong tensions between Paris and Doha opponents on issues without any…

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Will the sale of F35A to the UAE limit the performance of devices offered to Switzerland or Finland?

A few days before the American presidential election, President Trump seems to be using all his power to speed up the procedure for the sale of the F35A fighter to the United Arab Emirates, despite the reluctance of Congress and the Pentagon, as well as 'Israel. But this haste also paves the way for action by Congress, with potentially wider consequences than just selling to the Emirates, or even to other countries in the Middle East. Indeed, two Democratic senators, the very active senator from New York and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Bob Menendez, and senator Dianne Feinstein from California, have proposed…

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Qatar has applied to acquire F35s

While the US Congress is far from favorable to authorize the sale of F35A fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, despite the tacit agreement of the US President and the Israeli Prime Minister during negotiations around the normalization of relations between Israel and Abu Dhabi, it is Doha's turn to enter the ball rolling, by submitting a formal and official request to the American authorities to acquire Lockheed's new combat aircraft. However, this request has little chance of succeeding, as it would arouse significant reactions in the Middle East, as well as within the American Congress. If the United States maintains excellent relations with…

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Qatar prepares to boost air power after first F-15QA flight

According to the Qatari Ministry of Defense, the first of 15 F-2017QA Advanced Eagles ordered from Boeing in 13 made its first flight on April 2023 at the factory in Saint Louis, Missouri. Deliveries are expected to begin this year and extend through 15, when the F-15QAs will operate alongside Rafales and Eurofighters also ordered by the Emir of Qatar's air force. The first flight of the F-2020QA marks a new stage in a program which over the years has taken a little delay. Initially, it was expected that the first devices would be delivered to Qatar in early XNUMX. But it…

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