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France leaves no hope to sell Rafale UAE

Crown Prince Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed said that a two-hour working meeting in Paris with the participation of himself and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was mainly devoted to the timing of the joint exercises of the armed forces of the two countries for the next two years.

The Crown Prince also asked the French colleagues to speed up the training of UAE air force fighter pilots. Le Drian, in turn, again raised the issue of the Dassault offer of Rafale fighters, which Mohamed bin Zayed criticized in October 2011.

Alas, the crown prince was again deaf to the arguments of the French Defense Minister, continuing to consider Rafale to be expensive, reports the French newsletter Intelligence Online.

France leaves no hope to sell Rafale UAE

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at the Dubai Airshow 2013 |

On the morning of January 24, 2014, father of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Sultan, suffered a stroke, due to which he was urgently operated on and, according to the national press, “is in a stable condition and is restored after the operation”. Mohammed is expected to inherit power in Abu Dhabi and, according to local laws, will head the federation and the armed forces.

How the disease of the head of state can affect the prospects of Rafale is unknown. In addition, it is believed that the UAE can link the prospect of major military purchases from France with the efforts of Paris to dismantle the regime of President Assad in Syria (the UAE, along with Qatar, also participated in coalition attacks on Libya). Just now, negotiations are underway on the “Geneva-2 ″, the holding of which was a blow to the plans of foreign aggression against Syria. It is likely that in this context it is premature to expect any concessions on Rafale.
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  1. propolsky
    propolsky 29 January 2014 12: 06
    Oh, and France wants to "sell" UAE aircraft! What market can you, if not take control of, at least participate in its division? The French are worn out after their "restoration of democracies" in Africa, they need money.
  2. Andrew 447
    Andrew 447 29 January 2014 13: 11
    The French were crushing since Bonaparte, and even the presidents after de Gaulle did not have any fish or meat. Here they are looking ingratiatingly at the eyes of this Wahhabi scum, hoping to beg for a handout. Tolerasts are cheap.
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 29 January 2014 20: 27
      Quote: Andrey 447
      The French have minced since Bonaparte, and after the de Gaulle the presidents neither fish nor meat

      There is no time for them now - they are building love!
  3. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 29 January 2014 13: 18
    To whom only the French did not try to sell their "Rafale", they started with the Yugoslavs.
    After all, its development took about 30 years, the plane made its first flight in 1986, and was adopted by the French Air Force already in 2006. They tried to foist it on the Yugoslavs by calling the project "Novi Avion" (NA), so the French offered for NA a new M88 motor from SNECMA, at that time one of the best in the world, planned to be installed on the French "Rafali", as well as avionics, which under license would be produced in Yugoslavia. The French company Gifas offered assistance in the production of weapons for NA.

    failed Yugoslavian "Novi Avion"

    "Rafal-1". as they say find 10 differences
  4. 1c-inform-city
    1c-inform-city 29 January 2014 13: 28
    If they raise prices with such speed, then all dreams of sales will evaporate. For example, the price for India has doubled compared to the one announced in the tender.
  5. yehat
    yehat 29 January 2014 13: 35
    in fact, Rafal has lagged behind Mig-a products by 1-2 steps. When Mig has special problems, he draws near, and when they don’t have, he stumbles around in the ass.
  6. alone
    alone 29 January 2014 21: 43
    The Arabs are now buying everything. So the French may be lucky with the sale. The opponent is only Iran in the Gulf countries. And the Iranian Air Force has zero. One junk