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  • Double Trouble For Rafale in UAE
    Posted by Robert Wall 3:34 PM on Nov 16, 2011

    One might call it adding insult to injury, but days after inviting the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium into the fray to bid on a combat aircraft replacement, the United Arab Emirates has taken another swipe at Dassault and its Rafale offering.

    French officials had been hopeful going into the Dubai air show that they might secure, by year-end, a deal to sell 60 Rafales to the UAE, the long-awaited first export order for the type. Well, it was not to be so.

    The Dubai air show began with news that Typhoon has been invited to bid, and was followed by U.S. officials talking about the flight demonstrations they have performed for the air force here to showcase their products. The event ends with the biggest insult yet: the Rafale contractual terms are unworkable, reports Reuters.

    It is bad news for Dassault boss Charles Edelstenne, who is looking to extend his mandate at the company. The UAE's comments about "arrogance" at Dassault will not help his case.

    If there is an upside for the French contingent, nobody says, yet,  that the UAE does not want Rafale.

    Tags: ar99, dubai11, Dassault

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