(Reuters) – France and Qatar signed a 6.3 billion euro ($7.02 billion) deal on Monday for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets, an accord President Francois Hollande hailed as a mark of Gulf Arab regard for French regional strategy including its firm line on Iran.
(Reuters) – After failing for years to win a single order for the Dassault-built Rafale fighter jet, France has scored a string of multi-billion-euro wins in recent weeks and is on a quest for more.
Global appetite for the jets has surged as a result of the United States’ diminishing influence in the Arab world along with wider security concerns over the rise of Islamic State insurgents – which Paris is more than happy to assuage. Egypt, India and Qatar have all just signed contracts.
A In late March Russia finally admitted that they were having serious problems with their new “5th generation” T-50 (or PAK-FA) stealth fighter. The admission came in the form of a decision to cut the number of production T-50s to be built by the end of the decade from 52 to 12. Russia already has five development models of the T-50 flying, although one was damaged in a fire. The Russian announcement did not cover specific reasons for the change. But Indian Air Force officials have been criticizing the progress of the T-50 program for over a year.
When analysing a subject like India’s air force, it is important to rely only on facts. Thus an air force, which is one of the top five forces in the world, today has an ageing asset, with “some 500 fixed-wing operational aircraft, significantly down from the total of 850 in 2006”.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON — The Air Force will send some perfectly fine fighter jets to the boneyard or delay its F-35 Lightning II rollout for a year if Congress blocks retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt, according to a document recently provided to military oversight committees.
China will provide 110 latest JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan as the two countries forge closer defence cooperation following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad earlier this week. China will deliver the first batch of 50 jets over a period of three years, PTI reported citing Radio Pakistan.
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.
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.