French Military News Thread

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    That's an interesting new design. A little transformer out there.
     
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    Finally, europe gets it's own fighter AESA airborne.
    This passive engagement part is also interesting, although using a laser range finder is not really passive.
     
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    More news on the evolution of the Rafale:
    I wonder what exactly would make the F4 a "true 5th gen aircraft"?
    Also, the UAE is building up a really capable airforce. Block60 F-16 and modern Rafale jets.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4609318&c=EUR&s=AIR

    Dassault-UAE May Have Rafale Deal This Year

    By PIERRE TRAN - Published: 3 May 2010 17:16

    PARIS - Discussions between France and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a prospective next-generation Rafale strike fighter are taking longer than expected but Paris hopes an agreement can be reached on a "common core" aircraft by the end of the year, a French official said May 3.

    An agreement reached by "the end of 2010" would open the way for delivery of the more capable Rafale model in 2014 and a flying operational life in 2015, said the official, who is familiar with the negotiations.

    The talks on cooperation also mean the French Air Force and Navy could get an advanced F4 version of the Rafale earlier than planned. The F3 standard is just entering service and is expected to fly until 2018-20.

    The F4 model would be a true "fifth-generation" aircraft, the official said.

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    The main additional capabilities under discussion with the UAE include an active electronically scanned array radar, advanced electronic warfare and frontal sector optronics gear, and a nine ton thrust version of the M88 engine. ...
     
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