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Qatar nears talks to buy ‘unpopular’ Rafale fighter jets

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  1. Windjammer

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    Paris: Qatar could firm up its interest in buying French Rafale fighter planes when its new Emir, Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported on Wednesday.

    The contract is of vital importance to the Dassault Aviation group, which builds the plane, and to the French government.

    Dassault has had difficulty in selling the aircraft abroad, despite successful high-profile combat missions in Libya and Mali.

    La Tribune, citing various sources, said that the Emir might announce during his visit that Qatar had opted for the Rafale and would open exclusive talks with Dassault Aviation.


    Negotiations would last about a year but the contract would be less complex than one signed with India, a source close to the matter told La Tribune.

    France, which expects to slow down the rate of production of the planes owing to a lack of export orders, and Qatar resumed talks on the matter in March.

    The Rafale is in competition with the Eurofighter built by British group BAE Systems, Finmeccanica of Italy and by the defence arm of the European conglomerate Airbus Group.

    In March, the head of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, said that the company had reached an understanding with India on how to organise construction of the plane in India.

    India began exclusive talks with Dassault in January 2012, for the purchase of 126 fighters.

    Qatar nears talks to buy ‘unpopular’ Rafale fighter jets | GulfNews.com
     
  2. al-Hasani

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    @Windjammer

    Good news for our friends and neighbors in Qatar.

    But that type of threads should be posted in the Arab Defence Forum which is more or less exclusively for military news.

    Arab Defence Forum

    Thank you.

    Anyway good for the GCC to diversity their arsenal.
     
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    How many aircrafts are they buying?
     
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    I think Qatar should have around 36 Rafale Fighter Jets that is two Squadrons and they should go for around 6 to 8 FAC which Egypt is getting @Frogman
     
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    Shouldn't qatar buy fighters like JF-17 from Pakistan. That would make sense.
     
  9. Indus Falcon

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    And the trolling begins :pop:
     
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    seriously. I think for Qatar's local needs Jf-17 is fine .Plus Pakistan is in bad need of foreign exchange which it deeply lacks. Unless Qatar is expecting Russians or aiming to be a big power . But then Russians will use stealth cruise missiles or submarine fired cruise missiles to destroy Qatari infrastructure.
     
  11. Indus Falcon

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    What are you on? Seriously what hallucinogen, is driving your thought process?
     
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    They are already operating Mirage 2000 so maybe they want to keep same platform.
     
  13. The Huskar

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    I think Qatar government would be more concerned abouut its defence than Pakistan's forex reserves.
    No offence but JF17 does not hold a candle in front of Rafale
     
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    Our Navy should get its hand on the Rafale :pop:
     
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    If you're talking about the Ambassador Mk-III, then no. It can only be exported to the Egyptian Navy.