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Dassault Aviation delivers its first Rafale fighter jet to India

Ten years after the initial request for tender, the Indian Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh, received the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from Dassault Aviation and destined to equip the Indian Air Force....


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Airbus and Boeing ready to drop the Canadian fighter jet tender?

Airbus and Boeing might consider withdrawing from the tender launched by Canada for new fighter jets. Both manufacturers allegedly believe that the process has been rigged in favor of Lockheed Martin....


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French Rafale fleet partially grounded pending safety review

Part of the Rafale fleet of the French Air Force is currently grounded as a precautionary measure while the reasons behind the incident that took place on March 21, 2019 are being investigated....


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Civilian passenger gets unexpectedly ejected from Rafale B jet

A civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off....


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Dassault improves margin in 2018, expects even better for 2019

  Dassault Aviation published its financial result for the year 2018. The aircraft manufacturer reports a net profit of €681 million for its 2018 fiscal year, against €410 million in 2017....


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Qatar Air Force gets first Rafale for its fighter jet cocktail

Dassault Aviation delivered the first out of 36 fighters to Qatar during a ceremony organized in Mérignac, France, on February 6, 2019. This first delivery comes “on schedule”, according to Dassault....


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France shows teeth of nuclear deterrence using Rafale

The Strategic Air Force, branch of the French Air Force dedicated to airborne nuclear deterrence, successfully conducted a test of the Rafale nuclear deterrence capability....


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France invests €2 billion for Rafale new F4 standard

This massive improvement of the backbone of the French Air Force is one of the needed evolutions to extend its operational life until 2050, date after which the Rafale should be retired from service. Eventually, it should be replaced by the FCAS, of which Dassault is the main contractor, with Airbus as a partner....


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AeroBrief| New-old plane, Kazakh LCC & Dassault’s “no” to Canada

On November 8, 2018: Air Astana announced a launch of a new, “very, very safe” LCC; Azur Air flies the first (but not so new) Boeing 737-900ER in Russia; while Dassault Aviation opts out from Canadian Air Force fighter jet tender, allegedly over “security requirements” concerns....


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It’s official! Belgium chose U.S. F-35 over European offers

As the Belgian media suspected on October 22, 2018, the government chose the Lockheed Martin F-35 to succeed to the aging F-16s of the Belgian Air Component (the air branch of the single-structure Belgian Armed Forces). Deliveries are expected to start in 2023....