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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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#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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Preview: Dubai Air Show 2009 (#DXB09)

Will the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait finally end Rafale’s export drought? Will Saudi Arabia buy 72 more F-15Es? Will the UAE shock Northrop Grumman and buy the Saab 2000 Erieye rather than the E-2D Hawkeye? How cool will it be seeing the F-22 buzz the Burj Al Arab hotel (okay, unlikely, but I can […]

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