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France, Qatar completed deal – US $7.5 billion for 24 Dassault Rafale

According DefenceNews, France and Qatar completed the deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets at the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference.

AIR_Rafales_Split_lgThe fighter deal, which includes MBDA missiles, training for 36 pilots and some 100 mechanics, was earlier reported to be worth €6.3 billion (US $6.9 billion); however, it was announced Tuesday that the deal is worth €6.7 billion (US $7.5 billion).

Qatar’s purchase of Dassault Rafale fighters has been financed with the help of Japanese banks external link external link. The Gulf state recently paid a 15% down payment on its order, which in total amounts to $6.8 billion. The loan highlights a growing relationship with Japan through Japanese business interests in areas of construction and finance. Investments and projects involving Japanese companies include construction for the 2022 World Cup, and the building of a subway system in Doha, while Qatar supplies liquefied gas to Japan. The participation of Japanese money in the deal comes as tighter EU financial regulations to European banks bring lending under greater scrutiny, while a US loan to buy French technology may have upset Boeing, a competitor to Dassault in the fighter market.

The Rafale is a 9.5 – 10.5 tonne aircraft powered by 2 SNECMA M88 jet engines, each generating up to 16,500 pounds thrust with afterburner. Canards are used to improve maneuverability, especially for snap-shots in short-range dogfights, and radar shaping lowers the aircraft’s profile relative to 4th generation competitors like the Mirage 2000 or F-16. Carrier capability was a prime motivator behind France’s decision to go it alone with the Rafale program, and variants exist for both land-based and carrier use.

UPDATE: DIMDEX Press Day –  A dedicated day for the press was organised for Monday 28 March, the day before DIMDEX officially opens. Press Day consisted of three main components: covering the arrival of warships to Doha Commercial Port (DCP) on tugboats, followed by a press conference and a media lunch at the QNCC. There was an option to stay longer on a tugboat instead of attending the press conference / lunch if desired.

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Ziua aniversară a preşedintelui Medvedev – o duminică neagră

Şi Rusia a avut duminica sa neagră. Un avion Boeing 737 s-a prăbuşit în apropierea oraşului rus Perm, din zona munţilor Urali. Avionul efectua un zbor intern pe linia Moscova – Perm. Toţi cei 82 de pasageri şi 6 membrii ai echipajului au decedat. Astfel că aniversarea celor 43 de ani ai preşedintelui Medvedev a devenit un subiect secundar pentru presa din Rusia, şi atunci asociat catastrofei aviatice.
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Cu ceva timp în urmă, pe măsură ce treceam în revistă o listă de site-uri prezidenţiale, my goblin (un spiriduş obraznic, dar înţelept) clătina alene din cap şi şoptea “neplăcut job să-ţi începi ziua trimiţând sau primind condoleanţe”.
Ei, aş, l-am contrazis gândind că oricum avantajele unui astfel de job compensează din plin neplăcerile sezitate de micul meu confident. Azi sunt nevoită să-mi recunosc superficialitatea. Mai ales că se poate şi mai rău. Se poate ca de ziua ta să primeşti sincere condoleanţe la pachet cu urări de bine. Ceea ce, oricum am întoarce-o pe toate părţile, tot macabru sună. Nu ştiu cum e să-ţi începi ziua aniversară cu o tragedie aviatică cu 88 de morţi, din care şi un consilier prezidenţial, colonel general Gennady Troshev…
…dar pot intui şi cred că într-o astfel de zi nici un avantaj ce ţine de funcţia prezidenţială nu poate compensa…dacă greşesc cumva, erare humanum est.