Dassault Rafale

January 18, 2008 - 11:01am

Dassault pilots and engineers have been “flying” a Falcon 7X simulator since December at the French company’s Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris. The Falcon simulation testbed (FST) has been built to develop the control laws of the new trijet’s fly-by-wire (FBW) system. Next year it will be fitted with all of the 7X’s control-related systems, Dassault technical managers told AIN.

January 18, 2008 - 11:01am

Dassault pilots and engineers have been “flying” a Falcon 7X simulator since December at the French company’s Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris. The Falcon simulation testbed (FST) has been built to develop the control laws of the new trijet’s fly-by-wire (FBW) system. Next year it will be fitted with all of the 7X’s control-related systems, Dassault technical managers told AIN.

December 17, 2007 - 12:11pm
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Libya plans to buy 14 Dassault Rafale fighters as part of an arms package agreed by French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Libyan leader Muammar Ghadaffi during a state visit to Paris this month. The package, which is worth $5.8 billion, also includes 35 Eurocopter helicopters and the return-to-service and upgrade of Libya’s Mirage F1 fighter fleet.

December 4, 2007 - 12:07pm

According to Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, the French aircraft manufacturer is planning on moving some of its activities out of Europe because of the weak dollar’s effect on its bottom line. The company’s production is based in Europe and its costs are calculated in euros, but it sells its airplanes in dollars. Since 2005, the U.S. dollar has depreciated 30 percent against the euro.

November 26, 2007 - 8:24am

The pace of orders and deliveries for Dassault Falcons slowed significantly during the first half of this year, company officials said at a press conference on October 1 at Dassault’s Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris.

November 11, 2007 - 6:29pm

Russian defense export agency Rosoboronexport is expected to announce a $2.2 billion order from Saudi Arabia for Mi-17 and Mi-35 military helicopters today.
The deal translates into another of a humiliating series of lost contracts for the French defense industry, which now appears certain to undergo a re-evaluation of its export policy.

November 6, 2007 - 6:10am

Bahrain: The Royal Bahraini Air Force acquired its first batch of
F-16s in May 1990, having ordered eight Block 40 F-16Cs and four
F-16Ds through foreign military sales (Peace Crown I) channels in 1987. They flew missions during Desert Storm in 1991.

October 12, 2007 - 5:50am

Forty years ago, late in the afternoon of May 4, 1963, the first Falcon business jet–then known as the Mystère 20 and powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 turbojets–took to the air for the first time at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in southwest France.

October 2, 2007 - 10:41am

Over the past decade or so, Dassault Aviation has raised the eyebrows of some business aircraft industry analysts. Why, some asked, didn’t the French airframer follow Bombardier and Gulfstream in the charge to develop an ultra-long-range corporate jet? Why, others wondered, hasn’t Dassault matched the offerings of Cessna and Raytheon in the ever-expanding small and midsize business jet sectors?

September 17, 2007 - 5:57am

The long-awaited competition to supply 126 new fighters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) is formally under way. The six contenders for the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement have received a formal request for proposals (RFP), and must respond by next March. The Boeing F/A-18E/F, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16, RSK MiG-35 and Saab Gripen will be evaluated.

 
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