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Saudi Typhoon deliveries, and a Tranche 3 spotter’s guide

In its interim results announcement made on 1 August, BAE Systems confirmed that it will be delivering a further six Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia this year, pushing the nation’s fleet of the type to 34 aircraft, against a current order for 72. Just before the Paris air show, I got the chance to have […]

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VIDEO: The DEW Line (UK branch) versus the Mach Loop

With blue skies above and the sun shining on the UK (not something we’d been used to seeing in 2013 before last week), it feels like a good time to air some fun footage from a recent simulator ride I had at BAE Systems’ Warton site in Lancashire. BAE has long used a development simulator […]

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Cameron pushes ‘Tycoon’ on Indian tour

Either the folks at The Independent are being brilliantly tongue-in-cheek, or the web headline below is an epic Freudian slip. Yes, UK prime minister David Cameron’s three-day trade tour of India included a fresh attempt to derail Dassault’s apparent victory in the nation’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest, despite indications being that a contract […]

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Sizing up the ‘Tartan Army’

The possibility of Scotland voting for independence has thrown up some intriguing topics for discussion recently. Key among these is the question of what would happen with any re-allocation of defence equipment currently located north of the border. Royal Air Force bases at Leuchars and Lossiemouth play respective host to squadrons equipped with Eurofighter Typhoon […]

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And the MMRCA lowest-cost bidder is (drum roll) …

Flightglobal defence editor Craig Hoyle has confirmed the Dassault Rafale has been selected as the lowest-cost bidder for the Indian Air Force’s medium, multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract. Please ignore, for the moment, the sound of Veuve Clicquot corks popping all over Bordeaux-Merignac.We’ve been down this runway before with the Rafale. The French have demonstrated […]

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Decision week for India’s MMRCA contract?

Photo by Katsushiko Tokunaga via Eurofighter Eleven years after it all started, India’s, er, patient acquisition process may yield a final downselect for the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract later this week — or maybe next month, or — since we are talking about India — next (fill in the blank). But the two […]

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BREAKING: Swiss selection makes Saab Gripen an export ‘ace’

Switzerland has reportedly made the first move to become the fifth country outside Sweden to acquire the Saab Gripen fighter. If export sales were dogfight kills, the Gripen would now be an ace. [Update: Counting the Gripen sale to the UK Empire Test Pilot School, Switzerland is actually the sixth export customer. The foreign air […]

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#DXB11: Certain victory for Rafale turns uncertain

So much for the rampant rumours (well, rampant throughout France anyway) that the UAE’s long-delayed fighter contract was a done-deal for the Rafale.Everything we know about the United Arab Emirates fighter modernisation plans have turned upside down within the first 24h of the Dubai Air Show. Quick summary: Dassault Rafale still in, Saab Gripen still […]

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Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version.There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses […]

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Eurofighter shares KF-X vision

South Korea needs help developing KF-X. Its industry feels up to the challenge of developing the new fighter’s flight controls, aerodynamics, sensors and weapons. But it wants an industrial partner to transfer technology for the engines, sensor fusion software and systems integration. This presents a certain dilemma for potential US partners. How much do Boeing […]

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