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Google translated from:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]RAFALE International joins Brazilian and French companies at a seminar[/SIZE]
[/FONT]Portal Fator , march 11
Were signed ten agreements for industrial cooperation, with some starting immediately.
São Paulo – The International RAFALE Consortium, formed by the French companies Dassault Aviation, Thales and Snecma, promoted in February, at the Technology Park of Sao Jose dos Campos, a seminar to continue the improvement of the proposed transfer of technology in order to manufacture the RAFALE fighter in Brazil. About 140 businessmen and academics attended to present their perspectives and discussed possibilities of partnerships between Brazilian and French firms. The event was sponsored by the Municipality of São José dos Campos, Technological Park of CECOMPI (Center for Competitiveness and Innovation Cone Leste Paulista) and the Embassy of France.
The initiative is part of the efforts of the Consortium, which participated with the Rafale fighter in the selection process of the new Brazilian fighter aircraft (the F-X2), to initiate industrial cooperation program that integrates the proposal made by Brazil. France is the only F-X2 competitor to offer an unrestricted transfer of technology [...]- the projects of technology transfer and offsets will cover more than 160% of the contract for the purchase of aircraft. Also in the first half of 2011, similar events should happen.
Following the performances of Brazilian and French companies, entrepreneurs have strengthened the relationship and exchanged information with the 15 French companies that are partners of the consortium. At the end of the day, were signed 10 letters of intent that complement or extend the set of agreements already signed by the Consortium. For example, the Brazilian headquarters of Thyssen-Krupp expanded its partnership with Dassault Aviation for logistics management and production parts.
During the event, were also signed partnerships with immediate effect. The Brazilian company Ambra Solutions, specialized in the development of engineering projects in the aerospace and automotive industries, signed an agreement with the French Safran Group and A Systems.
Jean-Marc Merialdo, director of Dassault Aviation in Brazil, presented the differential RAFALE program and commented on plans of the Consortium for the Brazilian industry: "We are working since 2008 to enrich the relationship between Brazilian and French. The workshop today is another step in the process of single unrestricted transfer of technology proposed by RAFALE International.
Profile-RAFALE International is a joint-venture (GIE Groupement d'intérêt Economique), composed by Dassault Aviation, Snecma and Thales to promote the Rafale combat aircraft to international customers. [ www.rafale.com.br]..
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"The French company had informed the authorities when Thakur made the offer to them in exchange of an amount of Rs 20,000. On receiving the complaint, the defence exhibition organisation laid a trap and caught the wing commander red-handed."
Does anybody know how many Rafales are assigned to each Squadron of the French Air Force? And how many Squadrons will operate the Rafale in the future?
RAFALE (end 2010):
Planned : 286
Ordered : 180 (army 132, navy 48 M)
Delivered: 93 (38 B, 24 C, 31M).
Operational (roughly, end 2010):
-Fighter Squadron 1/7 "Provence" Saint Dizier : 48 operational Rafale at Saint Dizier (1)
-Nuclear Squadron 1/91 'Gascogne" Saint Dizier : 48 operational Rafale at Saint Dizier (1)
-Training Squadron 2/92 "Aquitaine" Saint Dizier : 3 Rafale (+ 1 Rafale M )
-Fighter Squadron 3/30 "Lorraine" Al Dhafra (UAE) : 6 Rafale
-Test Squadron 5/330 "Cote d'Argent" Mont de Marsan : 4 Rafale
-Flotilla 12F Landivisiau: 17 F3 (+ Rafale F1 awaiting modernization: 10 ; lost: 3)
(1) I don't know the official distribution of the Rafale pool at Saint Dizier, 20 for 1/7, 20 for 1/91 and already 8 for the future 2/30 is plausible.
-Fighter squadron 2/30 "Normandie Niemen" Mont de Marsan 2012 (currently in training at Saint dizier)
-Fighter squadron 2/4 "Lafayette"
-Fighter Squadron 1/30 "Alsace"
-Fighter Squadron 1/2 "Cigognes"
-Fighter Squadron 2/5 "Ile de France"
-Flotilla 11f Landivisiau
-Flotilla 14f Landivisiau
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Sarkozy promises Brazil fighter jet technology[/SIZE]
[/FONT]******* , march 13
Dassault, Boeing and Saab bid for contract
* Rousseff appears to be leaning to Boeing
SAO PAULO, March 12 (*******) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised Brazil his government would support Dassault's proposed technology transfer of its new fighter jet as the company seeks an edge in its bid to win a multibillion-dollar Brazilian military contract.
Brazil, which wants to rebuild and expand its dilapidated fleet of air force jets, has been considering offers from France's Dassault Aviation AVMC.PA, Boeing (BA.N) and Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST) .
Aside from the price and tactical considerations of Dassault's Rafale, Boeing's F-18 and Saab's Griffon [?], Brazil needs a technology transfer to help create jobs by manufacturing modern fighters at home and potentially exporting them to neighbors in Latin America.
Dassault's Rafale, which has been struggling to repeat the success of foreign sales of the company's Mirage jet, appeared close to clinching its first foreign deal with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who had said he preferred the French plane over its rivals.
But Lula's successor, Dilma Rousseff, appears to be leaning toward Boeing's F-18 after saying she wanted to rethink all the finalists' bids. Since taking office in January, Rousseff has pursued stronger political ties with the United States.
She met with Senator John McCain earlier this year in Brasilia and is preparing to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama next week in his first visit to Latin America's largest country.
In an interview published on Saturday in Brazilian magazine Veja, Sarkozy said the French government would guarantee the transfer of core technology for the Rafale if Brazil opted for the Dassault bid to provide 36 jets.
"The offer that we made is accompanied by the unrestricted transfer of technology guaranteed by the French state," Sarkozy said, "which neither of the other two competitors have the condition to do with credibility."
The proposed deals, with initial offers ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, potentially involves the purchase of more than 100 aircraft.
The deal is the cornerstone of Brazil's plans to bolster defense capabilities as it tries to leverage its growing economy into global political clout
Do you have the scans from AFM April 2011 ?
Thanks for your detailed help Olybrius.
So basically 20 planes per Squadron in 7 Fighter Squadrons in AF (Nuclear,Test and Training not included) and 3 Sqns for the Navy
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Gaddafi's Forces In Crosshairs, Rafales Crank Up Op Experience[/SIZE]
[/FONT]Livefist , March 19[/CENTER]
Armée de l'Air Rafale fighters began striking tanks, armoured carriers and convoys of Gaddafi's forces outside the port town of Benghazi. According to sources, two Rafales departed a French base in Corsica earlier on Saturday, and while one remained on combat patrol, the other engaged with ground targets outside the rebel stronghold town.
Hours after reports came in yesterday that Gaddafi had announced a cessation of all military operations against the rebels, I spoke to my Libyan contacts in Benghazi -- the people I've spent over two weeks with in Eastern Libya this month -- and all confirmed reports that military activity was far from over, and that Gaddafi's forces had laid siege just kilometers from the town. It is not clear yet what weapon the Rafale deployed against the Libyan armoured vehicle it destroyed. Am expecting photos of the attack tomorrow, so stay tuned.
The no fly zone and foreign air force intervention doesn't come a moment too soon. Benghazi, while regarded as the rebel heartland, is not as adequately defended as most people may imagine. I travelled extensively within and around the city, and it became pretty clear that ground and air defences were rudimentary at best, with most assets mobilised towards the west in places like Ras Lanuf and Ben Jawwad. And it is not like Gaddafi's jets haven't been within striking distance of Benghazi. On the night of March 5, we felt the tremor of an explosion in a building near Mediterranean esplanade -- it was the sound of an ammunition and anti-aircraft gun warehouse in a nearby town called Rajma being bombed to oblivion by a Libyan Air Force Su-24. We visited the site the next day. Two fire-engines had been bombed too. Nothing could have kept those Libyan jets from flying more missions except for a no-fly-zone. The Rafales have drawn blood.
On another note, some much needed time in the heat for the Rafale as the MMRCA competition winds down.
More details here:
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Dassault Aviation's 2010 profits up slightly[/SIZE]
SAINT CLOUD, France — France's Dassault Aviation posted on Thursday a 3.9 percent rise in net profit in 2010, saying it expected 2011 turnover to be "significantly down" in the depressed business market.
"Given the world's large stock of second hand planes for sale, the group does not expect the business aviation market to pick up in the short term," the company said in a statement.
Dassault said that net profit rose 3.9 percent to 267 million euros (372 million dollars) in 2010. Excluding its involvement in electronics giant Thales, the figure is up 23 percent to 395 million euros.
Dassault plans on delivering 70 Falcon business jets this year, down from 95 in 2010, and 11 Rafale fighter jets, similar to 2010.
"Turnover should therefore be significantly down," the company said.
From:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Dassault defence orders worth EUR 792 M in 2010, dip 69% compared to 2009 [/SIZE]
The Defense orders for Dassault Aviation amounted to EUR 792 million in 2010. The company had bagged orders worth EUR 2,529 million in
2009. In 2010, new orders mainly correspond to military support and development programs. They decrease by 69% compared to 2009, as 60 RAFALEs France have been ordered last year.
DEFENSE France net sales decrease by 2% compared to 2009. In accordance with the delivery schedule, 11 RAFALEs were delivered to the French State, compared to 14 in 2009. The decrease in RAFALE deliveries is offset by a rise in net sales linked to French military support and development programs. F3 Standard retrofits ended for RAFALEs initially delivered with F2 standard. Dassault qualified and operationalised the “shooter and laser” capability of the laser-guided weapons with the DAMOCLES Laser Designation Pod (LDP). In addition AEROS Pod with reconnaissance capability was put into service. French Air Force and Navy RAFALEs participated in tryouts and operations (ATCL,Cruzex, Agapanthe).
Dassault also integrated GBU-12 and GBU-24 laser-guided bombs on the UAE MIRAGE 2000-9. The MIDS-L16 Data link was qualifiedand integrated on MIRAGE 2000D France.
On export prospects, Dassault says that “Experts expect a global economic slowdown and Dollar fluctuations around a low value, impacting negatively our competitiveness. Moreover, we will have to face fierce competition in the business jet activities and cope with reduced Defense budgets in many countries. As regards RAFALE, we are discussing with several export prospects. They recognized our military aircraft’s qualities during its evaluation and we are looking forward to concluding deals.”
More:[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Noble Ardent 2011 [/SIZE]
[/FONT]Armee de l'Air , Feb 9
Exercise Noble Ardent 11 is scheduled to take place from 04 to 15 April 2011 on several French air bases.
The objective of this NATO Livex (deployment of live air assets) is to train and certify the air command and control chain (JFACC) together with the NATO response force dedicated assets, before the NRF 17 stand by period. An adapted scenario was developed to meet the evaluation criteria.
Italian, American, Turkish, German, Belgian and Danish units will also contribute to this exercise.
Around sixty French and foreign aircraft (fighters, helicopters, tankers, airborne early warning aircraft, etc) will be deployed over the two weeks.
The direction staff of the exercise (DISTAFF) and the air activity command and control structure (JFACC) will be activated on this occasion at Lyon Mont-Verdun Air Base 942.
March 17 : Gerard Longuet , new French MOD has flown the Rafale