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Rise in Sale of Rafale in World

Rise in Sale of Rafale in World

Serbia Air Force prefers buying Rafale fighters from France and has notified the country’s president and Defense Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on 28th December.

Aleksandar Vucic, the Serbian President, announced a 500 million euro increase in the country’s 1.1 billion euro in defense budget in 2022 for additional weapons and equipment.

Stefanovic to the Radio Television of Serbia.

“Modernizing of Serbian fighter jet squadron is a costly endeavor that needs to be considered strategically. The Serbian Air force is an interested incident that they are currently more intrested toward to buy the Rafale. But after we are done with full analysis, let’s see what the army selected,”

Over the next few years, Belgrade plans to purchase four Mi-35 and three Mi-17 helicopters and two new Pantsir missile systems from Russia, two CASA C-295 Airbus military transport aircraft, 10 Airbus H145 helicopters, 18 Mistral MANPADS, Stefanovic said.

The Stefanovic also confirmed that Serbia was settling the price and maintenance details with Cyprus regarding the previously announced purchases of 11 used Mi-35 helicopters. However, the military will make the final decision.

Stefanovic also welcomed the recent delivery of Russia’s Kornet anti-tank missile systems, which he called a “killer weapon” for armored vehicles, and announced plans to install them on Serbian-made transporter vehicles.

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Rise In Exports of Rafale

Dassault Aviation, a French aerospace company, has recently seen a spurt of exports to many countries. The EurAsian Times earlier reported that the UAE recently inked a contract with France’s Dassault Aviation to buy 80 Rafale F4 jets, the latest variant of the 4.5-generation fighter aircraft.

The company is already completing the 30 Rafale sales to Egypt after a deal was signed earlier this year. France announced the first deal ever to export the Rafale to Egypt in 2015.

Egypt initially ordered 24 planes in a deal worth 5.2 billion euros ($5.9 billion), as French President Francois Hollande announced. Cairo purchased another 30 Rafales from France in May 2021, bringing the total number of Rafales in the Egyptian Air Force to 54.

In 2015, Qatar also announced the purchase of 24 Rafale multi-role jets from Dassault Aviation for $6 billion. In 2018, another 12 Rafales were ordered, bringing the total number of Rafales to 36.

India is awaiting the delivery of the last three Rafales out of 36 ordered. Then, Greece became the first European buyer of French Rafales in January 2021, when it agreed to procure 18 fighter planes for $2.8 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement, Greece would buy 12 used planes from the French Air Force inventory and six new jets by the end of 2022.

In addition, Croatia has also agreed to buy 12 Rafale combat jets for roughly one billion euros. The contract also includes weapon systems, spare parts, logistics, and the Croatian Air Force training.

Indonesia’s Air Force Chief announced that Jakarta would drop the Russian Su-35 warplanes and opt for the French Rafale fighters or the US-made F-15EX Eagle II. Indonesia has been curious about Rafales for a long time, and If the pact is inked, Indonesia will be the first nation in Southeast Asia to employ Dassault jets.

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