Rafale_iraqIn a stunning reversal of commercial fortune, Dassault Rafale scored its third customer in as many month this year alone. The year has proven pivotal for an aircraft that had yet to find a foreign customer after more than 10 years of service in its home country. The latest order sealed May 4th during French president Francois Hollande visit to Qatar will see 24 aircraft supplied to the oil rich small gulf nation. The Euro 6.3 Billion package ($ 7.1 Billion) which comprises 18 single seats and 6 tandem seats aircraft and as many as 12 options, will also provide advanced MBDA-produced air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions along with Sagem precision strikes kits. The kingdom intends to upgrade its air force with a more advanced aircraft than the highly effective 12 Dassault Mirage 2000-5 acquired in the 80’s. The contract is likely to see as many as 36 pilots and 100 technicians trained.

sources: defensenews

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