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Dassault: the defeat of “doing it alone”?

Credit: French Ministry of Defense
(BRUSSELS2, reaction) The exclusion of the Rafale from the market to be concluded (60 aircraft) in the Emirates, and the reintroduction of its European competitor Eurofighter by “surprise” will still cause a lot of ink to flow. Dubai's decision to consider the French manufacturer's proposal as “non-competitive and unfeasible” is causing embarrassment, as is Brazil's decision to move away from the Rafale. Not only because it knocks out our national production, still unable to find a single customer abroad. This time the Rafale does not lose against the American strike force and its F-16, F/A-18 or even F-22... American. It loses to a European competitor, the Eurofighter Typhoon, which the French regularly denigrate as not being very efficient. Only, it sells.

The argument of “made in France” and the $/euro competitive disadvantage does not seem very credible. We can ask ourselves the question of whether an aircraft built in cooperation between “small” States (*) does not have a better chance of selling and of resisting market differentials than an aircraft built and used alone. Quite simply because the efforts combine. To sell the Eurofighter, we certainly find the British but also the Italians, the Spanish and the Germans. Everyone has an interest in promoting “their” plane on the Rafale. Does France really have today, and even more tomorrow, the means to maintain an autonomous fighter aviation industry, disconnected from the market?

(*) Most European countries, separately, become “small” on the world market

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

5 thoughts on “Dassault: the defeat of “doing it alone”?"

  • Yes and no: the Eurofighter is a false cooperation, each has its assembly line, each its “catchment area”. And history proves that the English methods for combat aircraft sales are … No comment (search Serious Fraud Office, Typhoon and Tony Blair).
    For the rest, it can be a negotiation tactic. And anyway, no one really knows the whole truth, so…

  • one level up

    This is not the first time that the Rafale and the Concorde before it, even if the subject is not of an identical nature, this “pick up”. Only a common denomitator, it is French high technology. France.and…for the EU
    The settings
    The Rafale is French with recognized technology, the decisions that have been motivated by the Emirates (Dubai) are purely a choice under the advice supported by major neighboring countries, very influenced for several decades by a European partner not a member of the Zone Euro.Participant as a “faithful” European friend and accompanying France, which is joining NATO, may be entitled to ask the question.
    Why? the dollar/euro disadvantage? No!
    The “made in France”. No!
    Do the so-called European politicians want a Europe that exists?
    Unless the vision of "small states" is enough for their egos.
    Let's continue like this you will be as powerful as a one-eyed man among the blind.

  • Dassault has never won a serious competition abroad, leaving it up to politicians to sell its devices
    In France Dassault is politically capable of imposing itself as the only aircraft manufacturer and of preventing EADS from competing with it. The choice of an Israeli drone that Dassault imposed is revealing. The French taxpayer bears the cost

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