MW: Why French Rafale loses tenders to Russian aircraft


French-made fighters Rafale are not capable of successful international competition. On the reasons for the loss of Rafale tenders of the Russian military technology say experts of the Military Watch publication.


Despite a number of technological limitations and relatively small size, the French military fighter jet is one of the most expensive on the world market - it costs about $ 240-260 million. It combines high cost with a non-versatile and lightweight airframe, so customers often prefer something heavier and less expensive - for example, the Russian Su-35 or MiG-35.

French manufacturers are losing most of their export bids. In particular, Egypt preferred to buy the Su-35, and Libya during the Gaddafi era, instead of Rafale, decided to purchase the Su-30 made in Russia. Qatar is also currently showing interest in Russian fighters.

India has cut Rafale purchases from 126 to just 36 units. The country's authorities are negotiating the supply of medium-sized Russian MiG-35 fighters, as well as heavy fifth-generation Su-57 fighters.

French fighters are the slowest in the Indian armed forces, and also have a very low ceiling height. This makes Rafale not very effective in mountainous areas near the border. Russia offers more economical and high-quality aviation equipment. In addition, the Kremlin has learned to do a good job of selling its combat aircraft.

- notes Military Watch.
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  1. Herman 4223 Offline Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 (Alexander) 31 July 2020 15: 00
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    It's good if our MiG-35 wins at least some tender.
  2. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 31 July 2020 15: 11
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    The fact that the Indians are supposedly negotiating the purchase of the Su-57 amused me - everyone remembered the loud refusal of the Indian warriors from this nonexistent fighter.
    1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
      Rum rum (Rum rum) 31 July 2020 22: 27
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      They did not want to continue financing the development, and they did not mind buying the finished product, the Su-57MKI variant, for example. Partial localization.
      1. Binder Offline Binder
        Binder (Miron) 31 July 2020 22: 30
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        So there is nothing to buy and it is not known when it will be possible to speak of the Su-57 as a real fighter.
        1. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
          Rum rum (Rum rum) 31 July 2020 22: 36
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          Are the states already over?
          I really don't know. It seems that even the export passport has been received. Most likely, the Indians are waiting for the pilot batch and the second stage engine. They will not order earlier.
  3. Michael I Offline Michael I
    Michael I (Michael I) 2 August 2020 06: 57
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    The article is short, but so much nonsense. Not a single MiG-35 or Su-57 has been purchased yet, and all tenders have already been won.