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Google translated from:RAFALE International participates in the LAAD Security 2012
Defesa.net, April 9
French consortium provides technologies and solutions that are part of the proposal sent to the Brazilian government
The RAFALE International Consortium, formed by French companies Dassault Aviation, Thales and Snecma, will be part between 10 and 12 April of the 2012 LAAD Security. During the event, the Consortium will present technologies and solutions that are part of the proposed sharing of technologies offered to the Brazilian government in the F-X2 program of acquisition of new fighter the Air Force (FAB).
The presence of the Rafale International Consortium falls under the strategy developed since 2009 to weave close cooperative ties with industry and academic institutions in Brazil. Industrial and academic seminars have been promoted in various regions of the country to broaden the range of existing partnerships.
The more than 60 agreements already signed with more than 50 Brazilian companies and organizations provide a technological breakthrough, improving capabilities far beyond the area of aerospace and defense. In the area of security, letters of intent signed between SAFRAN OptimizE and Morpho, cover the financing of projects in a variety of areas such as nanotechnology, aerospace materials, multidisciplinary optimization and microsystems. Also part of the partnership to support the development of research laboratories, for example, in the field of collaborative design of HPC computers to not only meet the needs of the aerospace industry, but also other industries such as automotive, promoting initiatives to promote innovation and the various partnerships between industry and academia.
Thus, as part of the strategic partnership between Brazil and France, the International Consortium RAFALE offers Brazil a next-generation aircraft with proven operational capability, the only one of three competitors capable of operating from a medium size aircraft carrier and to share unrestricted technologies, independent of any foreign authorization, for the benefit of industry and academia.
The International Consortium RAFALE continue expanding its range of partners, promoting other seminaries in the country, and establishing new agreements. The next seminar will be held in Porto Alegre in late April.
Google translated from:United Arab Emirates, Qatar: the other two promising prospects
Les Echos , April 11
The war in Libya and the selection by New Delhi have changed the game for the Rafale, confirms to "Les Echos" Gerard Longuet, the defense minister.
Despite the difficult economic situation of France, the next president will at least have cause for celebration since 2012 should be finally the year of first export order for the Rafale. Unless major surprises, Dassault will contract for the sale of 126 copies of the combat aircraft to India. And nothing prevents more good news later, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
"Since Operation Harmattan, the situation has completely changed for the Rafale," confirms to "Les Echos" Gerard Longuet, returning from a visit to the Gulf. So much so that the defense minister imagine that Qatar could decide independently of the UAE, although the French plane is not the sole candidate in Doha (it has been evaluated by Qatari pilots in Istres lately). The need would cover from 24 to 36 aircraft to replace the old fleet of Mirage 2000.
In the Emirates, negotiating with the manufacturer for the sale of 60 Rafale is almost curly ("Les Echos" March 19). Rest for the next government to finalize two points: the sharing of funding for technical improvements, and the buyback of the 60 Mirage 2000-9 . Reportedly, the track under consideration in recent weeks on the second point was a buyback by Paris of all or part of this fleet, which has significant potential of development. Depending on the technical options considered, it would cancel the modernization of French Mirage 2000-D. For public finances, the transaction would be neutral, if of course an agreement is found on the purchase price. In this game, Abu Dhabi is trying to get the maximum. By choosing the Rafale, New Delhi gave the French camp a bit air to negotiate without pressure.
Google translated from:Qatar evaluates the Rafale in Istres
Air & cosmos, April 13
A new campaign of Rafale Technical Assessment was conducted by Qatar in recent weeks, at Istres. Testimony of the sustained interest of Qatari airmen for French fighter, it is part of a process begun several years ago which had already led the French authorities to send Rafale in Qatar for test on-site.
In January 2012, the Defense Minister Gerard Longuet stated that Qatar would not take any decision likely before a formal purchase order is signed by the UAE. However, Qatar continues to evaluate other potential candidates: at the end of 2011, the Typhoon passed on the grill during a test campaign. They have also been F/A-18E/F Super Hornet demonstrations by Boeing.
For Doha, the policy intent is to replace the 12 Mirage 2000-5EDA/DDA that form today, alongside a handful of Alpha Jet, the backbone of his tactical aviation. First delivered in an air-air configuration, the Mirage were gradually equipped with air-ground capabilities, including integration with the GBU-12 - Qatari ammunition that airmen have used for the first time above Libya. The addition of the American Sniper pod was also seriously considered, then abandoned to give priority to the purchase of a new multirole fighter.
Alongside the Rafale contract, Doha is seeking to acquire a new attack helicopter to replace its aging Gazelle. The Tiger, who has also been the subject of several extensive evaluation campaigns in France and Qatar, now seems to hold the rope.
Airforces Monthly, May 2012:
Rafale resurgent, page 38-40:
Essentially an analysis of the results of the Swiss evaluation
Special FX , page 42,43:A Swiss report boosted Rafale while damning Typhoon with very faint praise, Jon Lake investigates...
[...] This 24 page PDF came as a massive boost to Dassault, already buoyed by MMRCA, and as a bitter blow to the four nations Eurofighter project, confirming the Rafale's multi-role pre-eminence and undermining or challenging the Typhoon's long assumed dominance in air to air missions. [...]The report highlighted the quality of the Rafale's sensors including the PESA radar, the OSF optronics package and the Spectra EW suite. The good data fusion provided "very good situational awareness" and the new concept for displaying mission data was praised. The Rafale's recce pod was rated 'outstanding'. Only the lack of a HMD was assessed as being an "actual weak point".
[...] The Typhoon's performance , and especially its ability to supercruise a mach 1.4 were highlighted but sensor fusion and EW performance were rated among the weak points, and the report noted that range and systems reliability were "limiting factors". In the EW area, Typhoon was rated lower than Gripen , as well than Rafale.
The RecceLite pod was not rated highly [...] Typhoon gained a similar rating for strike missions[...]. In the Air to ground role , the report highlighted the Typhoon's inability to attack multiple targets in a single pass.[...]
Many think Rafale is bound to win Brazil's F-X2 competition, now that it has scored success in India and has performed strongly in Switzerland [...] but it is likely to be a close-run contest with the JAS 39 Gripen NG
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Jane's Defence Weekly, April 11:
Riyadh to upgrade Typhoon ahead of partners, page 4:
Air Cosmos 2307, April 13, page 14:
Integration of Meteor has started:
The flight test campaign began last fall. Flights are conducted by Rafale C101, B301 and M02. Wind tunnel testing was completed in February at Onera facilities. Meanwhile, the software development on Rafale has also started. With a field of fire doubled to Mica, the software for the Meteor will include new "aid to fire" for long-range engagements. The integration should be continued until 2016. Commissioning is still scheduled for 2018 but could be advanced in 2016 at the request of an export customer.
Google translated from:ATLC 2012
Armee de l'air , April 13
From March 11 to April 5, took place the Advanced Tactical Leadership Course 18 (ATLC), at Al Dhafra airbase in the UAE (UAE). With the participation of three nations: the UAE, the United States and France.
The objective of this exercise is to deliver to fighter pilots the qualification of Mission Commander. This qualification will enable them to manage missions with dozens of aircraft.
Four pilots and a navigator, all flying Rafale, followed the course and obtained their sesame. [...]
From:Rafale Consortium technical presentation at LAAD Security 2012
Defesa.net, April 12
Interactive presentation demonstrates the qualities of the French fighter
In a presentation to the media specialist, the Rafale International consortium led by French companies Dassault Aviation, Thales and Snecma, presented yesterday afternoon (04/11/2012) during LAAD 2012 Security technologies and solutions that are part of the proposal share offered to the Brazilian government in the F-X2 fighter acquisition of new fab.
From:DSA Malaysia 2012: Safran's Malaysian expansion strengthens Rafale's MRCA bid
Jane's , April 18
Turbomeca and Snecma – subsidiaries of French group Safran – have expanded their presence in the Malaysian aerospace and defence market through investment and industrial collaboration deals with local firm Global Turbine Asia (GTA), it emerged at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
Both deals have strengthened Dassault's hand in bidding for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) requirement.
Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, GTA will service the Snecma M88 turbojet engine that powers the Dassault Rafale if the French fighter wins the USD1.5 billion MRCA contract, which is also being contested by Russia's Sukhoi Su-30MKM, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Saab's Gripen NG.
GTA confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 April that Turbomeca has recently completed the acquisition of a 30 per cent stake in the Malaysian company. Meanwhile, Snecma signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GTA that is intended to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to Snecma engines in service in civil and military sectors in Malaysia.
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More at the Link:If all goes as per plans, then India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) should be able to ink the contract for the Dassault Aviation Rafale M-MRCA and related hardware by December 15, 2012, thereby enabling the present CAS of the IAF, ACM Norman Anil Kumar Browne, to present the M-MRCA contract to the IAF as a return gift on his birthday. Presently, the MoD’s Contracts Negotiations Committee (CNC) led by Ranjan Ghosh—Joint Secretary (Air) at the MoD—is fine-tuning five main components of the contract: