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Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:44 am

We know they probably aren't selling any in Europe, unless ALM Antillean Airlines (Netherlands Antilles)">LM screws up with the F-35 and Norway or someone orders a few, but there are several competitions overseas coming up to upgrade or enlarge Mid-East and Far-East Asian air forces.

Who might realistically buy Rafales?
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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:36 pm

Who might realistically buy Rafales?
Singapore. The RSAF has recently sought proposals for F-15 Strike Eagles, Eurofighter Typhoons and Rafales. Right now, rumor has it that the Rafale is a major possibility to be chosen, whereas the typhoon is not favoured as we thought.
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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:45 pm

I read that too.
couple of questions about that.
How is the Rafale a comparable airframe to the StrikeEagle?

The two seem to be quite different in not just size but capabilities.

What does the RSAF want out of their new aquisitions?

I understand they want to replace the A-4 and F-5 in the attack roles completely.
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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:13 am

What does the RSAF want out of their new aquisitions?

Right now it's a Fighter/Bomber role, primarily light bomber. One thing neat abt the F-15 is that not 1 has been shot down in combat. OTher that that, you're gonna hve to check the manu. stats on the performances. Yes, the want to rid themselves of the A-4 and F-5, and are hoping to get the F-35 one day to replace the F-16s
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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:21 am

It sounds like they ought to be looking at more F-16's.

I wonder if they are looking to extend their reach.....
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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:20 am

Not one F-15 has been shot down in air-to-air combat, despite what the flamboyant imaginations of certain Soviet "experts" might suggest.


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RE: Will Dassault Sell Any Rafales Overseas?

Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:01 am

The RSAF is looking at the F-15T(Singapore version of the strike eagle), rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon for the NGF competition. Many are speculating that the winner could be one of the euro-canard birds. The new fighter will replace the A-4SU officially though it is most likely that the F-16C/Ds will convert to the strike role among other roles while the new fighters will take on the air superiority roles.

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