Dassault Aviation video/ Higher Together :
Thales To Provide Embraer KC-390 With Navigation System
Rafale consortium searchs partners in the Rio Grande do Sul
Sliac , Slovakia - International air exercise MACE XIII 2012; 16-27 april 2012
International air exercise MACE XIII 2012:
Participants are French Air Force with M-2000D and Rafale aircrafts, Danish air force with F-16, Turkish air force with F-4, Spanish with F-18 , Norwegian air force with DA-20, Luftwaffe with Learjet 20 and Tornado and NATO E-3 AWACS
Rousseff invites Hollande to Brazil in June
http://blog.planalto.gov.br/dilma-pa...ais-francesas/[...]France and Brazil are united by ambitious bilateral projects, as a consequence of the strategic alliance we have established. I am confident that we will continue this cooperation in the coming years.[...]
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Air Actualites , April 2012
Google translated from:Rafale vs Typhoon: put to the test
Air et Cosmos , May 9
No doubt, the "Rafale bashing" practice which consists in disparaging the virtues of the French combat aircraft, is still active in Britain. The latest example: in its latest edition, the Eurofighter World magazine, published by the industry consortium, do not hesitate to say (once again) that during several simulated air combat (DACT), the Typhoon emerged "almost every time" with "significantly higher performance."
The assertion is free and non-argued. At most , the persons in charge of Eurofighter only quote an Italian Air Force pilot who had "recently" the chance to oppose the Rafale in beyond visual range combat (BVR) in the Tyrrhenian Sea. In the episode in question, it were Rafale M that have been implicated early 2012. And the Sailors would tend to moderate the Italian enthusiasm , recalling that "Pk" (direct hit probabilities) used for calculating Amraam shots are much more permissive than those of Mica ... Certainly, the French pilots recognize that, waiting the RBE2-AESA, the Typhoon's radar has a higher range than Rafale'one in air to air. But to declare a superiority of the Eurofighter in BVR fight, there is a big step that the French crews refuse to cross, strengthened by their experiences against the European aircraft.
What about the RAF? The last exercice which opposed the two fighters was in September 2009. At Solenzara, the Rafale's EC-1/7 "Provence" inflicted a correction in combat gun (BFM) to the British Typhoons. Result: nine wins for only one defeat, and yet it was recorded by a young Rafale pilot. Few time after, BVR fights (beyond visual range), two against two, gave results largely favorable to the Rafale, according to French pilots who participated in the confrontation.
Scalded, the RAF has ,since then, refused any confrontation. During the recent visit of the Typhoon in Saint-Dizier, in early March [see pic above], the British pilots purely and simply refused to be opposed to the Rafale. And next May 11, for a scheduled Rafale visit to Coningsby airbase, the RAF has indicated that none of its four Typhoon squadrons would be available for training ... By the way, this refusal has not prevented the British airmen to continue their "Rafale bashing" work in 2011, up to say to the press that during Operation Harmattan French fighters were unable to illuminate their own targets with the Damocles pod . A bad faith which swears notably with the will of reconciliation put forward by the staffs of both sides of the Channel.
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Full article:Cameron under fire for U-turn over jets
Financial Times, May 9
In 2010, Mr Cameron made the surprise decision to buy the “C” version of the F35 from Lockheed Martin of the US. This aircraft is known for its so-called “cat and trap” system which launches the plane from aircraft carriers and stops them when they land.
In doing so, he abandoned Labour’s plans to buy the F35-B – a rival model that has vertical take off and landing capability.
Yet on Thursday, Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, will announce that the UK is switching back to the original order, and scrapping the C version.
That said, Mr Hammond will come under pressure on three fronts.
First, why did the government get the decision so badly wrong in 2010? MoD officials will argue it was always going to be difficult to get the cost estimates for cats and traps right, given this is a developing technology that is being fitted to a ship that has not been completed.
But Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank, believes ministers should have been more circumspect. “A new government, when faced with a complicated and entangled issue, wanted to make a hard choice. The reality is it would have been better to launch a feasibility study,” he said.
Secondly, what will this do to defence relations between Britain and France? Back in 2010, the MoD argued the decision to build cats and traps would boost interoperability with France because they are the only way the French Rafale jet could land on a UK carrier.
Etienne de Durand, an analyst at Ifri, the French think-tank, said today’s U-turn will mean French planes are unable to land on UK carrier decks at a time when almost every military analyst believes the nations will work more closely together in future, rather than alone. “It is yet another opportunity lost for poor reasons,” he said.
Switzerland : a very detailed and well informed article in Le Matin; written by Titus Plattner, the Journalist who published the leaked report ...
From:[...]Of the eight members of the Subcommittee, only Hans Fehr - a friend of Ueli Maurer - is still convinced by the choice of the Gripen. With the submission of their report in late June, the others should propose to request a new offer from the 3 manufacturers, for a fixed amount.[...]
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That was the biggest load of horse shi-t I've read to this date. Sometimes I wonder whether Titus gets his salaries from Le Martin or a certain foreign plane manufacturer...