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  • Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises
    Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises 24 November 2020
    The price of Rafale fighter jets, which Greece plans to buy from France, has risen. French senator Cedric Perrin announced to reporters that France's possible revenue from the sale of second-hand Rafale platforms, scheduled to be delivered to Greece, would reach €530m. Earlier in October, the French newspaper La Tribune announced the estimated cost of 12 second-hand Rafales at €400m.  Athens wants to add a total of 18 Rafale aircraft to its inv...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Interesting Drill from J-20
    Interesting Drill from J-20 16 September 2020
    Beijing has announced a new development in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) production related to a fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet. The Global Times wrote that the J-20, which China conceals its technical specifications, has dropped 17 "enemy" aircraft in recent training. The J-20 news from China came after five Rafale jets purchased by India from France were included in the Indian Air Force (IAF) inventory. Experts raised the question of how the J-20 destr...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece
    Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece 7 September 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet for Rafale warplanes, which are on the agenda that Greece will buy from France. Greece will buy 10 platforms from France, the remaining eight Rafales will be in inventory as grants, Greek local media reported. The 10 Greek Rafales would join the ongoing production of Egypt's 20 aircraft, but as Dassault would have difficulty producing all 30 aircraft in a short time, it is considering r...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Rafale Fighters to Be Delivered to India by End of The Month
    Rafale Fighters to Be Delivered to India by End of The Month 22 July 2020
    Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters which are delayed due to India's COVID-19, will be delivered at the end of the month. According to information from New Delhi, five aircraft will arrive at Ambala Air Base in the north of the country on July 29, depending on the weather conditions. "Air and ground personnel underwent extensive training on the aircraft. Our mission-ready team aims to accelerate the time the aircraft is operational." The Indian Air Force said...
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Weird Incident
    Weird Incident 14 April 2020
    Rafale, one of the most advanced combat aircraft, witnessed a strange event last year. The French military air accident investigation agency released details of an incident that occurred in March 2019. In the incident involving a Rafale B stationed at Saint Dizier / Robinson, a 64-year-old man ejected himself "by mistake" from the aircraft. The employees of the aircraft manufacturer company have arranged a flight in the back seat of the platform to give the perso...
  • Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income
    Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income 2 March 2020
    One of the leading aircraft manufacturers,Dassault increased its revenues in 2019 compared to the previous year. Dassult, stationed in France, doubled its profits. According to the statement made by the company, net sales increased by 44.4% and reached 7.3 billion Euros. Rafale deliveries were shown as the most important reason for the increase. Defense revenues of Dassault rose by 24.9% last year to 3.4 billion euros. Logistics support and modernization activities, especi...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland 14 January 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force 24 December 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia
    France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia 4 November 2019
      Dassault Aviation offers its Rafale fighter jet in Colombia to upgrade its Colombian Air Force fleet. According to Infodefensa, representatives of the French company met with Colombian officials last week and presented the aircraft Rafale with its weapons that are not subject to US restrictions. France promotes the sale of fighters to Colombia for the second time. In 2015, France offered 18 Mirage 2000-5F. The current French offer includes 12 Raf...
  • India Receives First Rafale Fighter 10 October 2019
    India received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter. Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale plane in a ceremony held in France. India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the acceptance of the aircraft, which is the first of 36 ordered by the Indian government on September 2016 under a EUR7.9 billion (USD8.78 billion) contract. Minister Singh made a flight with Rafale. He flew a test pilot from Dassault. The first Rafale aircraft will arrive in India in 2020 after the ...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • India to Order 36 more Rafale Jets
    India to Order 36 more Rafale Jets 23 September 2019
    Indian Narendra Modi government has finalized a deal for another 36 Rafale fighter jets, according to local reports. An Indian Defence Research Wing report published on Saturday said that the new order will be inked in early 2020. The Indian Air Force has recently been handed over its first Rafale aircraft from France but official handing over waits for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to France.
  • The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8
    The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8 16 September 2019
      In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over USD 8.71 billion. Senior Indian officials are expected to receive on 8 October the first of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters. Official sources said Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to travel to France with Ministry of Defence (MoD) and IAF personnel to receive the aircraft at Dassault's facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac....
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program 3 September 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory
    The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory 29 August 2019
    In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over Euro 7.8 billion to meet urgent requirements on the eastern and western fronts. As a result of this agreement, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in France on September 20 to receive the first Rafale jet manufactured for the Indian Air Force. "In presence of the IAF Chief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will accept the aircra...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings 29 July 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests 14 June 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar 7 June 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • Egypt Prefers Italy Over France
    Egypt Prefers Italy Over France 26 April 2019
    According to unconfirmed reports in the press, the Egyptian Navy will procure 20 AW149 helicopters produced by the Italian company Leonardo. The production contract, which has not been announced officially, was first published by La Tribune, a French news website. Leonardo has not made a statement yet. Egypt last week announced that it was not going to purchase the NH90 helicopters of the French company NH Industries because of the cost and instead was going to award Leonardo. Egypt...
  • Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD
    Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD 24 March 2019
    According to Naval Analyses, Greek CH-47 Chinook and Apache helicopters landed on Egyptian Mistral-class LHD. Greek and Egyptian military forces attended on bilateral joint exercise “Medousa 6” from June 23 to 29, 2018. The Hellenic Armed Forces participated with two frigates, one submarine, eight F-16 fighters, one AWACS, one Super Puma SCAR helicopter, one Chinook carrier helicopter, two Apache attack helicopters, and SOF team The Egyptian Armed Forces with one Mistral-clas...
  • Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India
    Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India 23 February 2019
    Boeing promotes its F-18 factory in India. Speaking at the Aero India show, company officials said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the Super Hornet to meet New Delhi’s request. India has two separate requirements for combat aircraft: 110 for the air force and 57 for the navy. For the opportunities with New Delhi, the company would pitch the Super Hornet’s new Block III variant, which features updated avionics and sensors, and has ...
  • India Seeks MiG-29
    India Seeks MiG-29 15 February 2019
    India that had inked a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French manufacturer Dassault is looking for an interim solution.  Dassault does not experience problem to deliver aircraft but allegations of corruption with regards to that contract locks Indian Air Force. the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and have them completed in a modernized configuration. The Times of India reported on the possible acqui...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile 15 February 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme
    Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme 15 February 2019
    The French, German and Spanish defence ministers signed a letter of intent for the FCAS fighter programme. Spain has joined the existing Franco-German effort to develop a future combat air system (FCAS), which is scheduled to enter service by 2040. During a NATO meeting in Brussels on 14 February, Spain's minister of defence, Margarita Robles, signed a letter of intent with her respective French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen, formalizing Spain&...