don't worry boys , it will have no impact in Brazil
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Rafale: The accident is the result of a gauge problem - the aircraft ran out of fuel [/SIZE]
Secret-Defense , Nov 30[/FONT][/CENTER]
Reportedly, the accident of Rafale, Sunday in the Indian Ocean, is the result of a fuel gauge problem. System failure or misunderstanding about information? The ongoing investigation will determine this and it is too early to tell. Especially it is possible that both hypotheses are partly complementary.
The problem came about 40 minutes after the catapulting of a joint patrol of a Rafale and Super Etendard, which was en route from Charles de Gaulle to Afghanistan. The Rafale had just refuel on a "nou nou", another combat aircraft used as in-flight refueling.
Without knowing yet the exact causes of the problem, the fuel tanks were emptied faster than they should be and, ultimately, the aircraft - which was returning to the aircraft carrier - found itself out of fuel.
The pilot ejected and was immediately recovered. This officer is an experienced pilot who had participated in previous mission Agapanthe in 2007.
Aboard the aircraft carrier, the planes have not flown this Monday, a "No Fly Day" scheduled in advance. Today, no Rafale flights seem to have been scheduled, but this should resume very quickly.The park is not grounded, which seems to confirm that in the eyes of the Navy, the aircraft is exonerated or that the problem is clearly identified.
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According to our Rafale 's friends in Fohla , the decision should be announced at the inauguration of the bridge over the Oyapock.
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Lula wants to close the purchase of fighter jets in the incoming week [/SIZE]
Fohla , Igor Gielow, Fernando Rodrigues, Eliane Cantanhęde, Nov 30[/FONT][/CENTER]
President Lula wants to settle the purchase of fighter jets from France next week. He had already warned the Minister Nelson Jobim (Defense) that the matter would be discussed between him and his successor, Rousseff, next Monday.
Unless something unforeseen, the model chosen will be the Dassault Rafale, the National Defense Council, called to be informed of the decision in 10 days, and the official announcement will take place during the meeting between Lula and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on 15, to inaugurate the Bridge Brazil-French Guiana.
The deal, estimated at up to $ 10 billion for 36 aircraft will take up to one year to have their financial conditions stipulated.
Jobim, who will remain in office at the turn of government, wants to involve another country that is negotiating the purchase of the Rafale fighter, the United Arab Emirates, to pressure the French.
The Rafale is the most expensive aircraft in the dispute, which has the Saab Gripen (Sweden) and the Boeing F/A-18 (U.S.).
For the record:
Mr Merchet is definitely a well informed journalist.
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From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Qatari officers visiting Saint-Dizier [/SIZE]
Armee de l'air , nov 25[/FONT][/CENTER]
On Thursday, November 25, 2010, three officers Qataris, among them two Mirage 2000 pilots, were greeted at the Saint-Dizier air base in the framework of the 2010 Franco-Qatar cooperation plan.
Lieutenant-Colonel Loic Rulličre, commander of the squadron 1 / 7 "Provence", presented the plane to the delegation. The three officers had also the opportunity to move commands of the aircraft.
The second part of the visit was devoted to the presentation of the Rafale simulator.
Lieutenant-Colonel Loic Rulličre is the new commander of the 1/7 Provence since June 30. He tooks the estate of the famous Lt. Colonel Fabrice Grandclaudon who is now program manager at the French DGA arms development agency.
Lt. Colonel Fabrice Grandclaudon at Nellis air base, Red Flag 2008
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And now here's Bahrein 's denial; what a story !, much ado about nothing...
http://www.mofa.gov.bh/Default.aspx?...language=en-US[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Bahrain - An important Foreign Ministry Statement [/SIZE]
Bahrein, dec 1[/CENTER]
An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly denied the statement that has been reported and attributed to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa by Agence France Presse (AFP), with regard to French Rafale Aircrafts.
The source emphasized that the reported statement by that news agency is false and has nothing to do with reality.
http://lemamouth.blogspot.com/2010/1...rend-lair.html[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]The Rafale marine take to the air again [/SIZE]
Le mamouth , Dec 1[/FONT][/CENTER]
The Rafale Marine resumed their flights this morning. The information relates to both Landivisiau's Rafale -despite the snow over Brittanny- and more directly, the nine Rafale of the CDG, in the Arabian Sea.
The Navy is currently aligning daily three pairs of fighters over Afghanistan from its aircraft carriers. What, she likes to recall, "only two navies in the world" are able to do.
Dassault 's opinion:
Full article:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Bahrain denies disparaging France’s Rafale jet fighter [/SIZE]
France 24 , dec 1[/FONT][/CENTER]
A document in the Wikileaks trove released recently said that the King of Bahrain disparaged France’s frontline jetfighter as “yesterday’s technology”. Bahrain disavowed the comments Wednesday.
According to Goon, that translates to the Rafale facing a harder sell in foreign countries. “I think that the commentary that’s being leaked through Wikileaks is more about what people are being told, as compared to what they know and understand,” he said.
Dassault’s official statement to FRANCE 24 on the issue was “the Rafale is the only multi-role plane in the world – that is to say, [one that can] fulfil all types of missions during the same flight (ground attack, air-to-air attack, reconnaissance). It is normal that the Americans worry about us; we are their principal competitor.”
Well, perhaps the only multi-role fighter in France that can do that.Dassault’s official statement to FRANCE 24 on the issue was “the Rafale is the only multi-role plane in the world – that is to say, [one that can] fulfil all types of missions during the same flight (ground attack, air-to-air attack, reconnaissance). It is normal that the Americans worry about us; we are their principal competitor.