- For now, everyone is talking about Rafale in kuwait , not F-18 ...
- It seems there are advanced ongoing negotiations between France and Kuwait.
- In kuwait , what is the real influence of these noisy islamist opponents?
From:A Brazilian Minister enlist for the Rafale
[24/03/10 - 19H59 - updated at 19:58:00]
The Brazilian Minister of Strategic Affairs, Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes, believes that the acquisition of the Rafale by Brazil would be the starting point of an "beautiful adventure" for the country and its defense industry.
Questioned by Defense Review to appear in early April, Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes, Minister of Strategic Affairs of Brazil, has committed to the choice of the Rafale by the Brazilian army, highlighting the transfer of technology to come. "To the extent that some parts will be produced in Brazil, the Rafale program we made substantial progress in scientific, technological and business excluding any impact on sub-contracting" is - he argued.
From captain Romain's (rafale pilot) blog :
http://blog.francetv.fr/capitaine-ro...e-sur-rafale--Thursday, two Indian officers have flown the Rafale
Saturday, 20th of March 2010.
On Thursday 18th of March, two indian officers could discover and test by themselves all the qualities of Rafale.
After a briefing in the morning, the Indian pilot -very experimented, but alone onboard a plane which was new to him- could take off, intercept and identify a fighter with the help of the optronics of Rafale, engage several air-to-air targets at beyond visual range, shoot an AASM salvo -the new GPS guided french bomb- on targets discovered and realigned during the mission, before landing... All in a single hour simulated flight...
The two officers could check the realism of the simulator Rafale, using in a real two seater flight what they had learned during less than a daytime.
They left the 1/7 fighter squadron bluffed by the ease of use of our last fighter, and with a smile on their face.
It probably means no official announcement before Easter.
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/fren...der_33208.htmlHigh-stakes final phase for Brazil jet fighter tender
A multi-billion-dollar deal to supply Brazil with sophisticated fighter jets was in its high-stakes final phase Wednesday, with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva under intense pressure ahead of his decision.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors called on Lula in Brasilia to make an ultimate push for Swedish aircraft to win out over French and US rivals in the tender.
Brazilian officials say the contest should be decided by the end of next week.
Lula has already expressed a strong preference for France's Rafale jet in the competition.
But he said after his meeting with the Swedish monarch that "the final reports have not reached me" and he could only make his decision once Brazil's defense council had convened to give its recommendation.
The Brazilian president has already asserted that he would have the final word, and that his choice would be based on political considerations more than the technical merits of each aircraft.
"We want technology to build the aircraft in Brazil, and for Brazil to be an exporter of these jets," he said.
Rafale in Switzerland : After RUAG , the swiss company Systems Assembling will work with Dassault
A firm from Boudry embarks on board the Rafale fighter
Assembling Systems , the company from Boudry, boarded the Rafale fighter. After considering its capabilities, the company has been selected to become a supplier of Dassault Aviation and Labinal, a consortium of industrial companies of the Rafale.
Assembling Systems, which designs electrical wiring of high technology, is ideally positioned as if the federal government retains the Rafale to replace the F-5 Tiger of the Swiss army
More about Assembling Systems:
Jesus, by the time the Brazilians make up their damn mind everyone else will be flying space ships...
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/fren...ter_33452.htmlBrazil fighter jet bid results to come after Easter
Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said Thursday that the winner of a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply the Brazilian air force would not be announced until after Easter, April 4.[...]
"Work is underway in the legal sector of the Defense Ministry. We are examining the legality of the proceedings, so that I can later submit an explanatory memorandum (on the preferred aircraft model) to the president," Jobim told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Rio de Janeiro.
"I think I will be able to present a statement of reasons to the president after Easter."[...]
So the president will get the statement after Easter. How much time does he need to reach a conclusion?? I fear the we'll have to wait long after Easter for a final announcement... *sigh*