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VIDEOS: French air force over Libya

Who has better filmmakers than the French Air Force? Nobody. That’s who. (h/t G2 Solutions).Libye : ravitaillements en vol by ministeredeladefenseCatapultages pour la Libye à bord du… by ministeredeladefense

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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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Report: India AF recommends Typhoon and Rafale

India’s TimesNow TV reports the country’s air force wants to choose between only the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale for the 126-aircraft contract called medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA).It’s difficult to assess the reliability of the report. The journalist cites only “the air force” as the source for his potentially bombshell scoop. The Rafale and […]

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Another Al-Dhafra post-script for F-22

What really happened in the skies over Al Dhafra last November and December when US Air Force F-22s fought mock dogfights with French Rafales may never be confirmed. The French and the Americans who were involved have different stories. A new blog post today by Arabian Aerospace doesn’t shed new light on the outcome of […]

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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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UAE missile demands and more Rafale v. Raptor rumors

The United Arab Emirates has dropped a bombshell on France’s Dassault, according to this UPI story today. Before it agrees to buy 60 Rafale fighters, the UAE wants Dassault to integrate Boeing’s standoff land attack missile-expanded response (SLAM-ER), instead of the MBDA AM-39 Exocet. Sacre bleu!  And so continues the most tortuous contract negotiations since […]

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Eurofighter boasts USAF F-15 kills by Spanish Typhoons

Eurofighter’s official blog makes an interesting claim today about a recent dissimilar fighter exercise in the Canaries involving Spanish Typhoons and US Air Force F-15s. The blog says: In an interview on the exercise, Major Juan Balesta, the 41-year oldCommander of the 111 Squadron stressed that a two-ship formation ofEurofighters involved in a dogfight simulation […]

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Brazilian Air Force statement on F-X2 contract

The Forca Aerea Brasileira has issued a statement today clarifying reports in the Brazilian press that the armed service has forwarded its recommendation on F-X2 to the Ministry of Defense. For English-speaking gringos like me, here’s the Google translation: Asto material published by the press, the Center states that the AirForce Command, through the Management […]

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