Tag Archives | Dassault

How to get ‘Rafale’, ‘bribe’, ‘India’ and ‘prostitute’ in one headline

Aero India is nearly a month in the past, but the semi-annual roar-over-Bangalore is back in the headlines. The India Today newsmagazine reported on Tuesday: The Air Force has set up a court of inquiry against a wing commander for taking bribe from foreign aviation manufacturing companies to facilitate prominent static display of their aircraft […]

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‘Cablegate’ scoops on Rafale, Israeli UAVs, Turkey’s F-35s

Buried in Wikileaks’ latest document dump exposing about 250,000 US diplomatic cables are a few items of real interest to the global aerospace industry. Here’s my list of the five most interesting cables:1. A cable on 4 November 2009 summarizes a meeting between then-US Central Command chief Gen David Petraeus and King Hamad bin Isa […]

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Report: Rafale sale sparks war between France’s “industrial jewels”

Selling weapons to the United Arab Emirates must not be as easy as it looks. Sure, the Emiratis have plenty of cash and happen to occupy the non-Iranian half of the Strait of Hormuz, but they still like to drive a hard bargain. The global arms industry has waited for years for the UAE to sign […]

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PHOTO: Rafale defeats F-22?

My favorite French magazine Air & Cosmos published last week a photo obtained from the French Air Force showing a Lockheed Martin F-22 in the target sights of a Dassault Rafale. The apparent intercept took place during the exercises at Al Dhafra AB, UAE, in November and December, Air & Cosmos’ Guillaume Steuer reports. In […]

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#DXB09: F-35 Lightning steals Rafale thunder in Dubai

Source: Lockheed Martin Today’s lesson: Never count out the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This was supposed to be a big show for the Dassault Rafale. But after the first day it’s already clear the United Arab Emirates isn’t any closer to signing a long-awaited contract. Meanwhile, the previously beleaguered F-35 — beset by recent […]

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Rafale beats F-35 & F-22 in Flight International

Photo: Dassault Flight International test pilot — and former Red Arrows team leader — Peter Collins (above right) gives the Dassault Rafale a ringing endorsement in this week’s magazine. “If I had to gointo combat, on any mission, against anyone, I would, without question,choose the Rafale,” Collins concludes in his six-page flight test report published […]

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Dassault Rafale sort of scores again

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: “Wehave given the green light and […]

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O Globo: Saab Gripen claims popular lead in F-X2 race

O Globo, a national Brazilian newspaper, asked online readers to vote on who would win the air force’s F-X2 contract. Despite the hoopla about the now-disputed announcement on 7 September by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declaring the Dassault Rafale the winner, the unscientific poll below showed the Saab Gripen with a comfortable lead. […]

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Rafale: Keep those Champagne bottles corked

It appears French President Nicolas Sarkozy won’t just waltz [ED: er, make that samba] into Brasilia next month and pick up a $4 billion check for 36 Rafale fighters, after all. Brazil’s media previously reported that the F-X2 contract winner was scheduled to be announced on September 7, independence day, when Sarkozy just happened — […]

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Forbes goes Rafale-hatin’

Dassault and the French government get a good bashing today by a Forbes magazine article, which does a decent job of describing the export sales record — or lack, thereof — of the Rafale. The Big Engine That Couldn’t

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