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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Rafale perform a big show at Dubai [/SIZE]
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    It won the majority of the votes! In the opinion of many experts in the Dubai Airshow 2011, the Rafale offers the most impressive flying display of UAE Airshow.

    On the applause meter, the French fighter is ahead of many other aircrafts (F15, F16, Typhoon, Mirage 2000-9, ...).
    "The purpose of the Rafale Solo Display is to demonstrate both the skill of the pilots of the french Air force and the quality of the fighter, said the captain Mickael Brocard, official display pilot of the Rafale. I must make the best flight possible, while ensuring maximum safety. For this, I push my plane to its limits. " For Captain Brocard, this limit is around ten G. Indeed, the most spectacular tricks impose a load factor equal to more than ten times its weight: a threshold that neither he nor the unit can not exceed.

    To achieve such performance, a rigorous mental preparation is essential. So, before boarding his plane, the Rafale display pilot prepares himself internally, mimicking silently on the ground the gestures he will repeat in the air.

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    [FONT=arial] Once in the air, Captain Brocard draws the quintessence of his plane. "If the presentation is so dynamic, it is primarily due to the flight controls. They allow to operate in a very small space and to chain the exercises[/FONT][FONT=arial] very quickly. The power of both engines also makes possible very fast passages alternatively with slowers. "

    [/FONT]As the season comes to the end (a last date is set for an international show in Malaysia in December), the captain takes a very positive assessment of the flights made. "We have chained the air shows throughout the summer. It was wonderful to meet so many aviation enthusiasts and see the public's enthusiasm for the flights we do. "
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    Google translated from:
    http://www.defense.gouv.fr/air/actus...-dubai-airshow

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]A well-armed UAE military requires discerning buyers[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]The National/Ahmed Al Attar , Nov 18
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    A stereotypical view of Arab arms acquisitions is that they are made on an ad- hoc basis to serve long-term political and strategic interests and to please their defence partners. But the UAE military has broken with this trend, consistently making informed and critical decisions about what weapons to purchase.
    The most recent sign of this came this week, when Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, said a French company's bid to supply the UAE with fighter jets was "uncompetitive".
    Purchasing weaponry is a great responsibility. Buyer countries must make sure that they are able to operate, support and equip the weapons platforms they are investing in, and that these weapons platforms are relevant to their defence needs. Even countries as big as the US can make strategic errors when it comes to arms purchases.
    But the UAE's armed forces seem to be a very difficult customer, utilising various methods to select the best weapons platforms and also to ensure as much technology transfer as possible.
    And the armed forces have not been shy about playing off contractors against each other, and reducing dependence on any single contractor.
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    As recent press reports - including one in The National yesterday - have made clear, the UAE has driven the hardest bargain possible when discussing the potential acquisition of the French Rafale fighter jet.
    This plane was widely expected to replace the single-seater Mirage 2000-9 fighter jets currently employed in the UAE Air Force, and which recently served in Libya. The UAE has insisted that Dassault, the company selling the jets, find buyers for all 58 Mirage 2000-9s, and then provide it with a heavily upgraded Rafale fighter - at no additional cost. The UAE is reportedly keeping its options open by expressing interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F/A-18 and F-15E.
    We will have to wait and see how this high-stakes contest to provide the UAE with its next generation fighters shakes out. But one thing is already clear: the UAE will get its money's worth.

    Ahmed Al Attar is an Emirati defence affairs commentator
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    http://www.thenational.ae/thenationa...cerning-buyers
    lol he sounds like a guy who was officially appointed for explanations.

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    About SPECTRA and SEAD missions in Libya

    Such was the confidence of the
    French aircrews in their new
    mount that all missions were
    conducted without any support
    from dedicated electronic warfare
    and SEAD
    (Suppression of Enemy
    Air Defences) assets: thanks to its
    Spectra state-of-the-art electronic
    warfare/self-defence suite, the
    Rafale was able to operate at
    will in a dangerous environment,
    against a dense network of deadly
    surface-to-air missile systems.
    Even more significant is the fact
    that the Rafale was able to accurately
    locate enemy air-defence
    systems and engage them."


    "Such is the quality of the Spectra
    electronic warfare suite that the
    Rafale literally disappeared from
    the radar screens of the Libyan Air
    Force while performing ‘soft kills’ on
    the enemy radar systems
    . Spectra
    relies on advanced jamming modes
    and jamming techniques to defeat
    hostile weapon systems and to
    hide the progression and whereabouts
    of the fighter."
    Finally confirmed. SPECTRA really is quite an achievement and invaluable asset

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    Is there a french version of this newsletter ?

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]UAE stresses ‘strategic relationship’ with France [/SIZE]
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    ABU DHABI - The UAE Foreign Minister, Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Alain Juppe, French Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the second edition of the annual Sir Bani Yas Forum at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.

    During the meeting, Shaikh Abdullah hailed friendship bonds the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President Nicolas Sarkozy of the French Republic.
    He also commended the strategic ties between UAE and France and the outstanding level reached in all areas, stressing the importance of the continuing work to develop and boost bilateral relations between the two countries.
    Juppe arrived in the UAE on Saturday for talks on bilateral relations and the escalating crisis in Syria.
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    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displaya...on=theuae&col=
    http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/fren...ce_189790.html
    Good ? bad ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olybrius View Post
    New Fox Three issues
    Quick synthesis done by Rafale News blog :
    http://rafalenews.blogspot.com/2011/...m-updates.html

    RBE-2 ASA

    • Performance evaluation passed
    • A2A detection/range exeed expectations
    • A2G and terrain following modes also tested
    • First production Rafale C delivered with an AESA in 2012
    • First production Rafale M delivered with an AESA in 2013
    • Qualification expected early 2013
    • First French Airforce squadron operational with the AESA in early 2014

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    Meteor

    • First flight envelope expension done in early 2011 (including carrier trials)
    • First batch of 200 Missiles ordered
    • Operational service expected in 2016

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    AM-39 Exocet block 2 mod 2

    • Integration on Rafale completed
    • Final operational evaluation in early 2012
    • Operational on French Navy Rafale in mid-2012
    • French Navy Pilot training with the missile has already started
    • Link 16 targeting from AEW aircrafts (E-2, ATL-2) is developed


    DDM-NG (New Generation Missile Detector)

    • increase range and field of view / decrease false alerts
    • In flight testing in progress (2nd data gathering campaign completed in early 2011)


    AASM

    • Extensively used in Libya by French Air Force and Navy Rafale (225 units fired)
    • success rate very close to 100%
    • GPS/INS/IIR variant operational since mid-2011
    • 800 units of the 250kg type delivered (3400 ordered)
    • Range >50km for the 250kg type (57km demonstrated in Libya)
    • GPS/INS/Laser version
      • Qualification phase in 2012
      • Operational service entry in 2013
      • 15km range with 90° of boresight release demonstrated against a 80km/h target with an acuracy of 1 meter

    • First firing trials of the 125 kg variant completed (80km range demonstrated)
    • 1000kg version development expected rapidly
    • New guidance kit for antiship attack considered with datalink capability


    Rover

    • Rover system fully operational on Rafale
    • Rover terminal fitted to the Rafale airframe (not the LDP) and thus also allows radar or FSO images to be transmitted to the FAC

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    Libya campaign


    • All missions were operated without any dedicated SEAD and EW support thanks to Spectra
    • Spectra Allowed accurate detection, location and attack of Libyan Air defenses
    • Spectra jammer allowed soft kills of the Libyan radar systems
    • GBU-12 used for dynamic targeting
    • AASM used against high value well-defended targets and SAM system (SA-3/SA-6)
    • Damocles pod used for laser targetting (GBU-12), identification and target GPS coordinates extraction (AASM)
    • Half of the Rafale M missions performed at night
    • Rafale considered as a key tool for ISTAR missions (Intelligence, Surveillance, Taget acquisition, Reconnaissance)

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Missile Deal This Week, Mirage Upgrade Starts Next Month[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]Livefist , Nov 21
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    As revealed by the IAF chief last week, two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000s will leave for France next month to begin the long-delayed Mirage upgrade programme that India signed with Dassault, Thales and HAL in July this year. The Indian upgrade team has been in France for a while now training and absorbing the upgrade routine. A deal for MICA air-to-air missile, which remained unsigned when the Mirage upgrade deal was concluded, is also expected to be cleared this week.
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    http://livefist.blogspot.com/2011/11...e-upgrade.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olybrius View Post
    [FONT=arial]A deal for MICA air-to-air missile, which remained unsigned when the Mirage upgrade deal was concluded, is also expected to be cleared this week.[/FONT]
    Sadly nothing about the A2G weapons, which would have been more interesting in regard to Rafale. If India goes for Scalp, AASM or the Damocles pod for the Mirage, it would increase the commonality even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S@ncho View Post
    Sadly nothing about the A2G weapons, which would have been more interesting in regard to Rafale. If India goes for Scalp, AASM or the Damocles pod for the Mirage, it would increase the commonality even more.
    Do French Mirages use the AASM? I thought it was Rafale-only

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    Quote Originally Posted by bve View Post
    Do French Mirages use the AASM? I thought it was Rafale-only
    Morocco yes (Mirage F1)



    France yes (Test platform)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bve View Post
    Do French Mirages use the AASM? I thought it was Rafale-only
    French Mirage use it only for weapon trials afaik, but Sagem offers AASM for Mirage upgrades, it was considered by Greek airforce and now is under evaluation from IAF and in both the competitior is the Israeli SPICE kit.

    AERO INDIA: MBDA, Rafael go head-to-head for air force weapon deals

    ...The air force is also to choose between rival systems as part of an upgrade package for its Dassault Mirage 2000s. MBDA and Sagem are offering the latter's AASM bomb guidance kit, while Rafael is promoting its 2,000lb (907kg) Spice 2000 design. "We hope that this year will be a year for a decision," says Rafael air-to-surface systems director Yuval Miller.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...-deals-352948/

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Juppe’s mission fails[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]Intelligence Online, Nov 23
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    After he was hastily dispatched to the United Arab Emirates on November 19 to salvage the French Rafale sale following Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s damning communique criticising Dassault last week, Intelligence Online has been told that French foreign minister Alain Juppe got nowhere with the Emiratis. Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation’s head of international affairs who arrived in Abu Dhabi the same day, was equally unsuccessful. [...]
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    From:
    http://www.intelligenceonline.com/co...s,94748505-BRE

    Intelligence Online adds that "a radical switch in the UAE’s fighter plans would also jeopardize a joint-venture between MBDA and the UAE’s Baynuna to manufacture missiles for the Rafale in Abu Dhabi".
    (Baynuna's chairman is Khalid Abdullah Al Buainnain , former head of the UAE air Force, a strong supporter for Rafale; Baynuna has also JV with Dassault and Thales)
    http://www.thenational.ae/business/k...s-a-think-tank

    I think Intelligence Online's news about Juppe come from Tactical Teport:
    http://www.tacticalreport.com/view_n...he_Rafale/2312
    And the news about EF/Boeing's RFP and Baynuna are also in the last Jane's Defense weekly issue:
    http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/6...pturerphdotjpg

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    Ecole Militaire, dec 6: conférence/debate about the French Air Force in Lybia.



    For those who are in Paris on December 6
    Free entry if places available (around 200 seats iirc), but registration required.

    http://www.cesa.air.defense.gouv.fr/
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...84429564937317
    http://twitter.com/#!/cesa_reflexions

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