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  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 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 December 24 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 November 4 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 October 10 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 September 24 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 September 23 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 September 16 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 September 3 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 August 29 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 July 29 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 June 14 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 June 7 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 April 26 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 March 24 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 February 23 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 February 15 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 February 15 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 February 15 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&...
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle February 14 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar February 6 2019
    Dassault Aviation announced on February 6 that it has handed Qatar its first Rafale. A ceremony was organized in Mérignac, in the presence of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armies, and Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen, Commander in Chief of the QEAF (Air Force of the Emir of Qatar). The delivery of the first Rafale is part of the contract between Qatar and France in May 2015, covering 24 fighter ...
  • Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight
    Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight January 20 2019
    French Armed Forces Ministry announced Phénix’s long range mission from France to Djibouti. From January 8 to 18, 2019, as part of its operational evaluation of its new Airbus A330 Phénix tanker aircraft, the French Air Force deployed a very long-range fighter patrol first to Djibouti, and then onwards to Reunion Island, in the Western Indian Ocean. Three Rafale B two-seat fighters belonging to the 2/4 "Lafayette" squadron, accompanied by two C-135F tan...
  • F4 Turn for Rafale
    F4 Turn for Rafale January 16 2019
    After the France’s, decision of upgrading all Rafales to F3 standard, works on new F4 variant has launched. Dassault, who does not want Rafale to fall behind its modern combat requirements, has started development work for the F4 model. The work for the F4 model was officially launched at the ceremony held at the Mérignac Facility of Dassault. In this way, the company aims to produce a product that meets the world standards of Rafale and maintains its strength in the ex...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale January 15 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • New JF-17s On the Way
    New JF-17s On the Way January 7 2019
      Opposition continues on the India’s Rafale procurement. Pakistan has started negotiations with China for the procurement of JF-17 Block 3 aircraft.     The Islamabad government, which wants to turn in favor of the Rafale debate in India, wants to keep his hand on the fast track. In this context, it was announced that negotiations with Beijing were started for 62 additional JF-17 before the Indian Rafale's arrivement. In an Ind...
  • Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies
    Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies December 24 2018
    The French Air Force announced the first flight of the most advanced variant of the Rafale platform. The flight took place at the 118th Air Base in Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December 2018. The work for the platform, called Rafale F3-R, which is the most advanced member of the family, was launched in 2013. Unlike its predecessors, there are advanced equipment such as Meteor long range air-air missile, Laser Guided version of Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System compatible Talios targeting ...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter
    Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter December 7 2018
    Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has requested Spanish participation into future European fighter. Minister Robles has transferred letters to her French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen. Letter indicates Spain’s interest in being part of the future European fighter (New-Generation Weapon System /NGWS) being conducted by France and Germany. In her letter, Robles requests that the Spanish participation be formalized by the signature ...
  • Qualification Process of TALIOS OK
    Qualification Process of TALIOS OK November 21 2018
    Another important milestone in the qualification process of the TALIOS optronic pod which developed by Thales is behind. The system has completed the qualification tests of the French defence procurement agency DGA.   The TALIOS system, developed as suitable with Rafale F3R platforms, incorporates electro-optical and infrared sensors. With the pod, which has features such as stabilization and image processing, the aircraft can engage in long range moving targets. With...
  • The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles
    The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles November 12 2018
    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on November 6 awarded MBDA a contract for the acquisition of 567 MICA NG missiles and the pyrotechnic modernization of 300 MICA* already in service. DGA pland to equip the Rafale with MICA NG by replacing the MICA air-to-air missiles in service since the early 2000s. The missile is developed in two versions - infrared (IR) and electromagnetic (EM). The MICA NG will be carried byall Rafale. Th...
  • French DGA Qualifies the Rafale F3-R
    French DGA Qualifies the Rafale F3-R November 11 2018
    French instution responsable from armement the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) approved the Rafale's new F3-R standard. France has already launched an upgrade program for F3-R for all 144 Rafale aircraft currently in service. The first ten Rafale F3-R aircraft, will be used by the Air Force and the French Navy to work on their operational implementation.  The F3R standard is an evolution of the Rafale F3 standard.  New standard ables aircraft ...
  • Dassault Shock to Canada
    Dassault Shock to Canada November 9 2018
    An unexpected news came from Canada's ongoing fighter jet tender. Dassault who joined the competition with Rafale fighter jet, announced its withdrawal from the competition. Canada plans to procure a total of 88 fighter in the ongoing tender. The tender, which is expected to cost US $ 12.2 billion, has not yet come up with an official announcement. However, the reasons for the decision talks in the back stages are that interoperability and intelligence sharing requirements canno...
  • Dassault Reveals Concept Of Rafale Successor October 25 2018
    During the Euronaval 2018 exhibition on October 23, 2018, Dassault presented its New Generation Fighter (NGF), due to replace the Rafale. The proposed fighter jet will be a French-German venture with Dassault taking the lead. The concept shows an emphasis on stealth, and shapes that somehow remind of Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35, with no canard surface unlike the Typhoon and the Rafale. The new Dasault aircraft concept shows no vertical stabilizer, a concept tha...
  • France to Remove US Components From SCALP
    France to Remove US Components From SCALP August 2 2018
    France is seeking to reduce its reliance on U.S. approval for French arms exports.  France has therefore decided to remove an American component from the SCALP cruise missile so that it can proceed with a new sale of Rafale fighters to Egypt. Answering questions on weapons exports in the country’s National Assembly, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the decision by the United States to use the International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR) agreement to block...
  • France Wants Enhanced Missiles
    France Wants Enhanced Missiles July 27 2018
    France has decided to modernize the MICAair-to-air missile system. Following the Ministerial Investment Committee, which was attended by the Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly, information on the modernization program was provided. Under the program called MICA New Generation (MICA NG), missiles will gain enhanced capabilities. It is is expected that MICA NG to offer higher performance than its predecessors, while keeping initial acquisition and maintenance costs low. ...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender July 27 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...
  • New Generation Show from Dassault
    New Generation Show from Dassault July 13 2018
    The French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation recently published a video that gives a glimpse into what the reported Franco-German new generation aircraft might look like. While it's unclear whether the fighter will be a fifth- or sixth-generation fighter, it is clear that it will be a 2-engine jet with delta wings. France and Germany want to replace Dassault's Rafales and Germany's Eurofighter Typhoons with advanced "European" fighter.
  • Six Companies Respond to India's RFI for 110 Fighter Jets
    Six Companies Respond to India's RFI for 110 Fighter Jets July 9 2018
    India’s quest for procuring 110 fighter aircraft for its air force is progressing with six global aviation majors having responded to the Request for Information for the program according to Times of India. Friday was the last day for responding to the RFI. The six firms which are competing for the IAF contract are Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab’s Gripen and Russi...
  • Airbus calls for pan-European solution
    Airbus calls for pan-European solution July 9 2018
    Airbus Defence & Space calls Europe to work together on a future combat air system. Speaking at a pre-Farnborough air show media briefing, Dirk Hoke, chief executive of the division warned that the bloc cannot support the development of several competing platforms. Hoke, said any programme for a sixth-generation fighter "had to be a full European solution". Hoke pointed out that there are currently three platforms – the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and S...
  • Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts
    Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts June 14 2018
    Qatar announced that it would prefer the Sniper targeting pod for the Rafale aircraft it ordered, and it is reported in the statement made by Lockheed Martin that the pods ordered by Qatar Emirates Air Force will begin to be delivered in 2019 and that the integration process and flight tests continues. Rafale; become 10th Sniper targeting pod user after Harrier GR9, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, F-15 Eagle family, F/A-18 Hornet family, Eurofighter Typhoon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 F...