Nov 22, 2009
Discussions are ongoing between Dassault Aviation and the United Arab Emirates on the possible sale of 60 Rafale fighters, with the company unable to say if a contract will be signed in the near term. "It takes time, we are still discussing. This is not us making the schedule, it is the customer making the schedule. The specifications, timing, are all still being discussed," says Eric Trappier, executive vice-president international business at Dassault Aviation. "Usually, here in the UAE, they have their own pace. We will follow that." Trappier, however, says that there is no link between a deal for the Rafale fighters and the UAE's request for the French government to take off its hands 63 Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters that they will replace. Nov 17, 2009
Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems has begun training technicians for final assembly of the Typhoon fighter jet in Saudi Arabia. Alsalam Aircraft, which is partially owned by Boeing, has long been considered the likely partner for BAE in Saudi Arabia, which is committing to building the 48 aircraft balance of a 72-strong order for Typhoons after the delivery of 24 UK-built aircraft has...