I gave you an interview the 15th of november at Natal during the Cruzex V exercice.
I have made a lapse regarding one date and I would be very pleased if you could correct it in the interview. Concerning the radar AESA, starting from the end of 2013, all Rafale deliveries will be with the AESA Radar. 2017 is a wrong date.
Thank you for your comprehension.
GBA Dominique De Longvilliers
As l knew French fighters ( msytere and mirage series) were economic alternatives of US made jets for noncommunists countries.
i guess the usa are able to offer spare parts at cheaper prices than france due to mass production and to cannibalization from retired aircraft in their depot.
i heard that taiwan was on the verge of retiring the mirage2000 even if they were more capable than F-16 due to higher maintenance cost.
probably they are able to supply the greek A-7 with spare parts taken from mothballed aircraft.
Back to the Rafale subject.
This issue and the already high costs for Rafale are the most quoted arguments against the Rafale in MMRCA related discussions, because everybody expects similar high upgrade costs in future for Rafale too.
Now keep in mind that perhaps the Israeli offer was very interesting but in the end the IAF chose the Thales offer, so the Thales offer is probably better if costlier.
As for the Mig 29 upgrade, first if they changed the engine it's probably because it needed to be changed contrary to the Mirage one. Second only once both type, Mig 29 and Mirage 2000 had been upgraded, one can compare them and see what's best for the money. Lets not forget also that the upgrade includes some MICA missiles on the price, an expensive but terribly efficient missile, the nightmare for any opponent, even the french themselves don't know how to counter them when both the EM and IR variants are fired at the same time.
Now about Taiwan I'm glad the parts issue is solved, notably about there MICA, I hope Taiwan can keep them in good operational condition.
huh, i won't disturb your conversation , but i'm just wondering: what about the fx-2 project, i've read nothing about it since the dilma roussef's election.... :/
An interesting news about France and UAE relationships, even if its not directly linked to the Rafale:
The 13th DBLE (Demi-Brigade de Legion Etrangere), the FFL unit based in Djibouti, could definitively leave Djibouti for the french base in Abu Dhabi.
For the record:
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From:The Rafale is back in Afghanistan
Le Mamouth, Nov 26
The CDG aircraft carrier sent yesterday its first broadside of Rafale and Hawkeye operate over Afghanistan. This commitment in support of ISAF should last a little less than forty days.
RafaleNews reports Cne Romain's comment after meeting the French pilots who were at Cruzex:
More:Brazilian pilots in love with the Rafale
RafaleNews , Nov 26
Well at least, that what the french Rafale pilot Captain Romain is telling on his blog :
From now on, the Brazilians were able to fly on Rafale and their pilots are now, as every pilot who has tested the Rafale, merely in love of a fully omnirole and operational aircraft.
Btw Romain doesn't seem to give much credibility to the so-called Longvilliers interview published by a brazilian tabloid/blog