Never before perhaps has a fighter been "selected" by so many countries without actually, you know, signing an order.
French media reports today that Kuwait Defense Minister Sheik Jaber al-Hamad al-Sabah now wants to buy between 14 to 28 Dassault Rafales. Says French newspaper Le Point, according to Google translator: "We have given the green light and we'll leave it to the technical group to study in depth the details," added the minister, whose remarks were translated."
So the Rafale is reportedly selected in Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, but still hasn't secured an order. In September, Brazil announced that the Rafale enjoys a "comparative advantage" over US and Swedish rivals, but the competition apparently remains alive. So no order there either.
The Dubai Air Show is next month. Will it finally be Rafale's turn to participate in a contract signing ceremony?