http://livefist.blogspot.de/2012/05/...rafale-in.htmlIndian Air Chief Flies Rafale In France
Industrial espionage isn't new. However everybody and his mother would be intrested in SAABs first hand information. So it's not necessarily Dassault or the French state.
Google translated from:Neu-Neu [Normandie-Niemen(1)] reactivated on June 25
The fighter regiment Normandie-Niemen will be reactivated on June 25, on Rafale. Like the "Alsace" regiment a few months earlier, it had been plunged into a deep sleep, with aircraft transferred to 2/33 Savoie.
It was envisaged to couple this reactivation (MSO) with the 70th anniversary of the unit, founded on 1 September 1942 at Rayak, Lebanon. At that time, Free French Forces [WWII] gave provincial names instead of numbers to their units in order to properly score the goal of their fight.
Neu-Neu will be the third Rafale squadron, after 1/7 Provence and 1/91 Gascogne. The next squadron should be 1/30 Alsace, another emblematic Free French Forces squadron. The Air Force also uses Rafale in 3/30 Lorraine squadron in the UAE, at Saint-Dizier in the Rafale training squadron (ETR) and at Mont-de-Marsan in the 5/330 Cote d'Argent experimentation squadron.
The Navy, meanwhile, already operates two Rafale flotilla, the 12F and 11F. The third and final flotilla (17F) is expected in 2015.
(1) this name was given on the Eastern Front, where the regiment ended the war with 273 confirmed aerial victories, 37 probable, 5240 missions and 869 air battle.
Aerial War in Lybia
Another Jean marc Tanguy book about Lybia and Harmattan.
For the record:
Google translated from:Rafale: negotiations with UAE stalled
La Tribune, May 28
Abu Dhabi does not seem as eager to buy combat aircraft from Dassault Aviation. Which has not lost it chances. But it will take a little longer than expected.
This is the breakdown for the Rafale in the UAE (UAE). According to several industrial and state sources , negotiations about the sale of 60 Rafale ( Dassault Aviation ) are currently stalled. Not because of new tensions - although the latter are not yet fully digested notably with Dassault Aviation - but because Abu Dhabi would not be as eager to buy new combat aircraft. In recent days, "latribune.fr" noted a growing concern in industry on this important issue for the French military aircraft.
It is true that the former head of the French State, Nicolas Sarkozy, is no longer there to put enormous pressure on the UAE as well as those around him to finalize the contract at any cost. That does not mean either that the Rafale has lost all chances. Far from it. "France has rediscovered that the customer did not necessarily need these fighters right now but rather to a bit more distant horizon" says one to "latribune.fr".
Capital cities of the Middle East expect a gesture of Paris
However, Abu Dhabi, as the capitals of the region Riyadh and Doha, are waiting for a sign of French authorities with the coming of the new president, Francois Hollande, or Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, or even the Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian. what will do Francois Hollande to export these weapon systems? Will he be active or not? Because several important prospects in the region are on track, likely to weigh in the balance of trade and employment in France in the technological domain ... Will it be an obsession for him, like for Nicolas Sarkozy? [...]
Nicolas Sarkozy fought to the last moment to convince the UAE to sign a contract in the first quarter of 2012. In vain. A visit of Nicolas Sarkozy had even been scheduled on February 12th and March. He was ready to jump on a plane to Abu Dhabi to sign this order for 60 aircraft. A small Gulf state, a few kilometers from Iran, to which Nicolas Sarkozy gave a lot, including a joint french base coupled with a strengthening of the defense agreement of 1995 between the two countries
Google translated from:Tiger Meet: no Rafale M
Ouest France, May 31
Tiger Meet 2012 began on Tuesday, Norway. With a notable absence of the 11F Rafale Marine which have not left Landivisiau! The reason? It is twofold. First the cost of transportation that was considered too high, then the departure of the Charles de Gaulle carrier for six weeks of training, which involved pilots and maintenance technicians.
But Air Force Rafale are on site, as planned.
More about NTM 2012:
New 1/7 Provence website available soon:
Smack me with a ruler like a catholic nun for going off-news, but that's one hell of a sexy plane!
Not sure if it's what you meant...
To clarify the Navy 11F canceled (the version I heard was they need the money saved to install sound dampeners on the base, and preferred to do it quickly "in house" instead of asking for funding).
But the Armée de L'Air 5/330 (on the picture quoted) and the 1/7 (3 post up) will participate as usual.