Dassault Rafale

December 23, 2010 - 7:59am

From a distance, the exterior of the Dassault Falcon 900LX–F-WWFB–reminded me of a lady caught without her makeup when I saw her sitting on the ramp outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's Peachtree Airport (PDK).

December 7, 2010 - 2:40am

Dassault's EASy 2 cockpit is moving toward its certification, which is expected for the Falcon 900 in the second quarter of next year. The cockpit system will be ready on the Falcon 7X and 2000 by late 2012, around the same time as additional communications functions will be certified.

November 5, 2010 - 8:14am
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European manufacturers of major defense equipment face a struggle to secure new contracts in the Middle East against American competition, as evidenced by the latest Saudi arms deal. The huge F-15 deal probably ends Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) interest in a second batch of Eurofighters.

October 27, 2010 - 6:39am

The delivery in early September of a Dassault Falcon 7X to a Fortune 500 customer furnished opportunities to ride along on the flight to the airplane’s new home base, as well as to get some stick time in the level-D flight simulator at training provider CAE. Both experiences revealed quite a lot about Dassault’s flagship bizjet.

October 12, 2010 - 2:35pm
Falcon 900LX...

Financial results for the first half of 2010 appeared to suggest that Dassault Aviation has begun to reverse the severe downward trend its Falcon business jet operations have endured over the past 24 months or so.

September 17, 2010 - 9:25am
Embraer’s KC-390 provides a jet-powered alternative to the C-130 Hercules. (E...

In the last few weeks the Embraer KC-390 jet tanker/transport program has gained four international partners, who have expressed their intentions to purchase the aircraft and to participate in its development and manufacture. Following the announcement at Farnborough in July that the Brazilian air force would initially acquire 28 KC-390s, the latest announcements raise prospective sales to 54.

August 6, 2010 - 5:26am
Embraer suggests a global market of around 700 aircraft in the KC-390 class. ...

During the Farnborough airshow in late July, the Brazilian air force announced its intention to acquire 28 Embraer KC-390 twinjet tanker/transports. First flight is expected in 2014, with service entry planned before the end of 2015.

July 16, 2010 - 11:01pm

Sweden is advancing its own Gripen development path alongside that of the Gripen Next Generation aircraft intended for export, which is currently awaiting the outcome of major competitions in Brazil and India. The Swedish air force is now talking openly about a JAS 39E/F version that would draw on many of the technologies being applied to the NG program.

July 16, 2010 - 1:16am
Sagem’s Armement Air-Sol Modulaire series provides inertial, GPS, infrared an...

Announced last week was the first successful test of the 250-kilogram laser-guided version of Sagem’s AASM modular weapon. The laser AASM was launched from a Rafale and hit a target at the Biscarrosse range 25 kilometers away. AASM versions already qualified are the basic inertial/GPS guided bomb, and a version that adds imaging infrared.

July 16, 2010 - 12:57am
On show last month at ILA in Berlin is one of the Luftwaffe’s IAI Malat Heron...

Armed forces in Europe are bracing themselves for severe cutbacks as governments tackle budget deficit problems. The scale of the cuts is evident in a couple of proposals made public last week. Germany’s defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has tabled a plan that saves €9.3 billion ($11.7 billion) in the long term, with current fleets and acquisition programs hit hard.

 
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