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    Quote Originally Posted by Loke2 View Post
    No offence but I actually think the Rafale is prettier...
    Hence the nickname Katrina ( cute nose, high cheekbones and a shapely chin )

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]'We are disappointed': European EADS on losing MMRCA deal[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]IBNlive, Jan 31
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    New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) After losing out to the French Dassault Rafale the India's biggest-ever military contract for supplying 126 combat aircraft, European EADS today said it was disappointed over the development but respected the Defence Ministry's decision. India today issued a letter to French defence major Dassault informing it that it was the lowest bidder in the tender and would be offered the multi-billion dollar contract for 126 Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA). "Although this is not yet a contract signature and contract negotiations are still ahead, we are disappointed. However, we respect the decision of the Indian defence Ministry," EADS Cassidian -- the makers of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft said in a release. The company said that with the Eurofighter Typhoon, it had offered the most modern combat aircraft available to the IAF. "Based on the Indian Government feedback, we will now carefully analyse and evaluate this situation together with our European partner companies and their respective governments," it said. Eurofighter Typhoon is manufactured by a four-nation consortium including the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy and all four governments were backing the bid in the Indian tender.
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    Qatar Air Force, Rafale and Mirage 2000-5
    Posted on: Tue, Jan 31, 2012

    It is reported that there is a new French attempt to encourage Qatar to buy the Rafale aircraft. [...]
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    Switzerland , Qatar ... Dassault seems on the offensive

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    Good news that EADS is "fair play"... no appeal/lawsuit in sight...

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    livefist Livefist Blog
    Sources: EADS seriously considering contesting #Rafale selection in #MMRCA. Not without a fight, apparently.
    3mn ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olybrius View Post
    livefist Livefist Blog
    Sources: EADS seriously considering contesting #Rafale selection in #MMRCA. Not without a fight, apparently.
    3mn ago

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    Well... it was too good to be true

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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]UPDATE 4-French Rafale favoured for multi-billion dollar India jet deal[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]R_euters, Jan 31
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    * India's cabinet must sign off on deal
    * Sale would be lifeline for struggling Rafale
    * Defence ministry source: Rafale jet is cheaper, preferred

    NEW DELHI, Jan 31 (*******) - France's Rafale emerged on Tuesday as preferred bidder in a $15 billion contest to supply India with 126 fighters, undercutting the rival Eurofighter Typhoon and boosting French hopes of a long-awaited first export contract for its premier combat jet.
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy , who lags in opinion polls ahead of April elections, welcomed India's decision to enter exclusive talks with supplier Dassault Aviation and vowed to provide significant technology transfer as India expands its arms industry. "The realisation of the Rafale project shows the depth and breadth of the strategic partnership between France and India," Sarkozy said in a statement, while French officials avoided declaring outright victory after a series of false export hopes.

    India has become the world's largest weapons importer as it seeks to upgrade its largely Soviet-era navy and air force to counter the rising might of China and threats from Pakistan.

    "The Rafale gives a huge combat edge to our air force given the situation in our region," said former Indian air force chief Fali Homi Major.
    "We cannot say what kind of conflict situation there would be in the region 20 years hence."

    If it came off, the deal would be a major shot in the arm for Dassault, which has struggled to find a foreign buyer for the multi-role Rafale, billed as one of the most effective fighters in the world but also one of the most expensive.
    Shares in thinly traded stock of Dassault Aviation shot up 22 percent to a more than four-year high of 749 euros after the announcement, which appeared to raise the chances of the first export contract for the French multi-role combat jet.
    However, India's Defence Minister A.K. Antony said earlier no deal would be signed before the end of March.
    "It is a long process. The file has not come to my table," Antony said, adding that the finance ministry and then a cabinet panel headed by the prime minister had to look at any agreement.
    A French source close to the matter said the decision to enter fresh negotiations with lowest-bidder Dassault was a step forward but that no deal had been signed.
    Defence analysts said the deal still needed to get through a potentially complex final stage of negotiations in which France's willingness to transfer know-how would be tested to the full.

    LONG WAY TO GO

    "This is not the end of the road by any stretch of the imagination. This is only the beginning of a second stage of this campaign," said veteran defence analyst Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners brokerage in London.
    James Hardy, Asia Pacific specialist at IHS Jane's Defence Weekly said that wrangling over the deal could go on for years.
    "Financial pressures on India's government could seriously complicate the chances of this being signed any time soon, in particular the depreciation of the rupee," he said. "That and the standard contractual wrangling that occurs during Indian procurement deals could cause delays stretching to years." Indian defence ministry sources said the life-time cost of the tender including training and maintenance could reach $15 billion, above previous estimates of around $11 billion. The sources said the Rafale was preferred because it cost about $5 million less per plane and the Indian airforce is familiar with French warplanes such as the Mirage.
    "Unit-wise, the French plane is much cheaper than the Eurofighter. Moreover, the Indian airforce, which is well equipped with French fighters, is favouring the French," said the source, who asked not be named.
    In 2011, Dassault won a $1.4 billion contract to upgrade India's Mirage fleet.
    In December, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet warned that Dassault would stop production of the Rafale in 2021 if it did not win any export orders.
    A deal in the works since 2008 to sell 60 fighters to the United Arab Emirates hit a new snag last year when Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed called Dassault's terms "uncompetitive and unworkable".
    The UAE has sought details of the Typhoon, built by the German and Spanish branches of EADS, Britain's BAE Systems and Italy's Finmeccanica.
    Hardy said Dassault's pole position in India was a big blow for Eurofighter.
    "The Typhoon was widely tipped to be the favourite and had major political support from the big beasts of the Eurofighter nations," he said. "Both Germany and the U.K. invested a lot of time in pushing the Typhoon so this will hurt."
    India rejected American, Russian and Swedish bids in April.
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    the preliminary deal with India was celebrated with relief. “India’s purchase of Rafale warplanes means a technological, moral and political victory by the best fighter in the world,” declared Bernard Carayon, a member of parliament from Sarkozy’s ruling coalition who has a special interest in France’s export industries.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...EfQ_story.html

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    This poster was on net long time back, Now it proved to be true..
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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Rafale : Dassault into exclusive negotiations with India[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]Les Echos, jan 31
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    Sole candidate, Dassault has wide latitude to complete its victory even if the Eurofighter consortium is on the lookout for the slightest misstep of his rival. "The negotiations are likely to be very difficult, said Endre Lunde, a consultant at IHS Jane's, quoted by AFP. India is very demanding in terms of participation of local industry. "Of the 126 Rafale planned, 18 will be built in France, the other under license in India by HAL group . In addition to a good news for the budget of the Ministry of Defence is the promise of a significant workload for the many French firms involved in the program.

    The Indian Army confirms by the way how highly it thinks of "made in France" weapons . Thales, combined with Dassault, recently signed a contract of EUR 1.5 billion to modernize its fifty Mirage 2000 in service. MBDA expects an agreement soon almost a billion to supply air to air missiles. And the selection of the Rafale by New Delhi could favorably influence the ongoing negotiations in the UAE.

    Abu Dhabi is negotiating for more than three years now the purchase 60 copies of the French fighter. In November, the rant against Dassault, vilified as too expensive, has raised fears that all was lost. Wrongly, because since, the two parties resumed the negotiations, and very seriously, according to our information. "Good news are like bad news, they fly in squadron. Here is the beginning of a squadron of good news ", says Gerard Longuet, the defense minister ...
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    I am usually veru quite on this forum
    but today I cannot remain silent any longer
    this news just makes my day
    I hope the contract will finally get signed off.

    A question though:
    I am confused with regards to the engine that goes with that contract, I thought it was the Kaveri the presumable the first 18 planes assembled in Merignac will be delivered with the M88-2?
    cheers

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    Too soon to know, LittleJohn

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    French Air force 2012 calendar:







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    [CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]France’s Rafale wins $18bn IAF mega-deal[/SIZE]
    [/FONT]Deccan chronicle, Feb 1
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    With this, contract cost negotiations will start with Dassault. The declaration of the lowest bidder marks the decisive stage in the acquisition process, which started in 2007. The original estimated cost of the deal was around Rs 42,000 crores ($10.4 billion) in 2007, but there are indications this could escalate to between Rs 80,000 crores to Rs 90,000 crores (about $16-18 billion). But no official figures are available as cost negotiations are yet to begin.
    India will now compare its “benchmark price” at current costs to the cost at which the French are prepared to sell, and will try to scale down the French bid. Only if these talks with Dassault fail will negotiations start with “L2” (second-lowest bidder) — EADS Eurofighter.
    The Rafale, currently the main French Air Force combat aircraft, is known as an “omnirole” fighter capable of multi-role functions like air-to-ground precision strikes, nuclear strikes, anti-ship attacks, reconnaissance, close air support and air defence. The aircraft is equipped with smart sensors and rocket-boosted air-to-ground precision guided weapons with laser guidance systems, long-range missiles, anti-ship missiles and air-to-air missiles. Dassault says the Rafale was used with great success in French combat ops in Afghanistan and Libya.
    Of the 126 aircraft that will be acquired, 18 will come in “flyaway” condition in three years, while the remaining 108 will be built by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd in the next seven years with technology transfers. The contract is expected to be signed in the next five months.
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