France Sells 24 Rafale Fighter Jets to Qatar


France has announced a 6.3-billion-euro ($7 billion) deal to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to Qatar. The deal is to be signed next Monday in Qatar’s capital, Doha, in the presence of the French president, Francois Hollande, presidency services announced Thursday.

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Krilya Tavridi aerobatic team will take part in Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum


All the aerobatic teams of Russian air forces, including the latest one – Krilya Tavridi (Wings of Taurida), are going to take part in Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces Viktor Bondarev.

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Air force rejects ‘false’ and ‘unfounded’ reports of China locking on to a fighter


NOT A CHANCE:The air force said in a statement that pilots on sorties must refrain from fleeing, taunting aggressors or showing weakness if encounters occur

The air force yesterday rejected as false and unfounded media reports suggesting that one of its Indigenous Defense Fighter jets had been automatically tracked by the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) missile defense system during a routine patrol last year.

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GX-6 to boost China’s anti-submarine capabilities


China’s new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action, reports China’s nationalist Global Times tabloid.

Citing leaked photos posted on a military forum, Global Times claims that the GX-6, which has been modified from the Y-8 medium-size medium-range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation, has recently begun supporting troops from the PLA’s Naval Air Force.

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Brazil signs $245 mln deal for arms on Saab fighter jet


(Reuters) – Swedish planemaker Saab AB said on Friday it had signed a $245 million deal with Brazil’s defense ministry to supply arms for the Gripen NG fighter jet, adding to a $5.4 billion order for 36 aircraft finalized in October.

Saab said it would book the order in the second half of this year, after getting export clearance. The company did not say which arms would be provided for the fighter jets or which other suppliers would be involved.


FGFA story: Tale of an aircraft


By scrapping a deal for 126 MMRCA and opting to buy Rafale jets in a fly away condition under a G2G contract, the Indian Prime Minister has taken the suggestion of a Russian expert Konstantin Makiyenko, offered eight years ago, to develop and more easily procure upgraded aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cut the Gordian knot of the US $ 25 billion ‘Mother-of-all-deals’ for the acquisition of 126 MMRCA by announcing in Paris last week that India will directly buy 36 Rafale fighters from the French aviation maker Dassault in fly-away condition under a government-to-government (G2G) contract.

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After delays, Iraq expects U.S. F-16s to be delivered in summer


After delays caused by the war with Islamic State, Iraq hopes to take first deliveries of its F-16 fighter jets from the United States this summer, a senior Iraqi official said.

The disclosure came ahead of a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who was scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday.

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India order for Rafale jets signals end of larger deal


New Delhi: Any future Indian purchase of Rafale jets will come through direct talks with the French government, the defence minister said on Monday, effectively killing commercial negotiations for a larger deal with Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a plan to buy 36 planes from Dassault through the government-to-government route, after three years of price negotiations for local assembly of the aircraft produced no results.

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