Tentando retomar o ritmo, seguem três matérias interessantes da REUTERS sobre a aquisição dos Rafale pelos indianos. Reproduzo o comentário do amigo diplomata que mandou a matéria: “em dezembro, o Japão decidiu adquirir 42 caças F-35 de fabricação norte-americana. A venda para a Índia dos 126 Rafales deverá ser a primeira exportação deste modelo da francesa Dassault. Como pode ser visto nas matérias da REUTERS, o acordo de venda ainda não está finalizado.”
Pois é… se não conseguir vender para a Índia, a Dassault estará com sérios problemas… E nós aqui, como ficamos?
French Rafale jet beats Eurofighter in $10bn India deal – Dassault will now enter exclusive talks to finalise the deal
French firm Dassault has emerged as the lowest bidder in a $10bn contract to supplyIndiawith fighter jets.
Dassault Aviation will now enter final negotiations before any deal is signed for supplyingIndiawith 126 Rafale aircraft.
Correspondents say this is one of the world’s biggest defence deals and is a major setback for rival bidder, the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Eurofighter lost out in December on an $8bn deal to supply jets toJapan.
Officials at the British High Commission inDelhisaid they were disappointed with the decision and would now study the details.
A statement read: “It was expressly said this was about the cost of the contract, not a reflection on the health of bilateral relations betweenIndiaand the countries.”
The officials said they “genuinely believed the [Eurofighter] Typhoon offered the best capability now and in the future”.
They also said it was “not beyond imagination” thatIndiamight decide the Rafale was not the right option as it continued the process.
Four other bidders had dropped out in the lengthy selection process.PARIS | Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:57am EST
India Rafale deal not yet signed – French source
Jan 31 (Reuters) – A French source close to the matter said on Tuesday that India had not yet signed a contract to buy Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jets, though a step forward had been taken.
Dassault has placed the lowest bid to supplyIndiawith 126 fighters in a multi-billion dollar deal, two Indian government sources said earlier on Tuesday, adding that further commercial negotiations would first have to take place.
“No contract has been signed,” the French source said.
A source close to the French finance ministry dampened reports that Dassault had already won the contest, which is pitting the Rafale against the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:46am EST
* Defence min source: Rafale jet is cheaper, preferred
* India cabinet must sign off on deal
By Manoj Kumar and Nigam Prusty
NEW DELHI, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Dassault Aviation’s Rafale combat jet has undercut the Eurofighter Typhoon, and the company is now in exclusive talks on the multibillion-dollar deal to supply India with 126 planes, government sources said on Tuesday.
“France’s Dassault has emerged as the lowest bidder, and further commercial negotiations will take place with the company before signing a formal deal,” one government source said.
The source said both companies had been informed.
The deal would be a huge shot in the arm for Dassault, which has struggled to find a foreign buyer for the multi-role Rafale, billed as one of the most effective fighters in the world but also one of the most expensive.
The company’s shares soared almost 21 percent on Tuesday.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony said earlier on Tuesday that no deal would be signed before the end of March.
“It is a long process. The file has not come to my table,” Antonysaid, adding that the finance ministry and a cabinet panel headed by the prime minister had to look at any agreement after him.
A defence ministry source said the life-time cost of the tender including training and maintenance could reach $15 billion, above previous estimates of around $11 billion.
The source said the Rafale was preferred because of lower costs, and the Indian airforce’s familiarity with French warplanes such as the Mirage.
“Unit-wise, the French plane is much cheaper than the Eurofighter. Moreover, the Indian airforce, which is well equipped with French fighters, is favouring the French,” said the source, who asked not be named.
In 2011, Dassault won a $1.4 billion contract to upgradeIndia’s Mirage fleet.
In December,France’s defence minister Gerard Longuet warned that Dassault would stop production of the Rafale in 2021 if it did not win any export orders.
A deal in the works since 2008 to sell 60 fighters to theUnited Arab Emirateshit a new snag last year when Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed called Dassault’s terms “uncompetitive and unworkable”.
The UAE has also sought details of the Typhoon, built by the German and Spanish branches of EADS,Britain’s BAE Systems andItaly’s Finmeccanica. American, Russian and Swedish bids were rejected in April.