Sunday, February 12, 2012

UAE, negociations on the Rafale still going on

La Tribune newspaper reported on Wednesday February 1, that the UAE have resumed the negociations with Dassault for a possible Rafale deal. The talks had stalled at the last Dubai Air show in November 2011 when the crown Prince declared that Dassault's proposal was unworkable. Meanwhile, BAE revealed that they had receaved an RFQ to supply the Eurofighter Typhoon, a few weeks before the show. French President Sarkozy could go to the UAE around March to finalized the deal.

The National also confirms that news :

Maj Gen Khalid Al Buainnain, former commander of the Air Force and Air Defence, said: "Discussions never stopped."
Gen Al Buainnain, is also chairman of Baynuna Group, an Abu Dhabi company that has a joint venture with Dassault to "transfer technology know-how, services and products" in the UAE and abroad.
"The technical and financial and contractual discussions have been completely finished. We're … working out how we can smooth out this contract."

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