Rapid Fire | Thursday, March 31, 2016
A $7.5 billion deal between Qatar and France has concluded , with Qatar to purchase 24 Rafale fighters alongside MBDA missiles, and training for 36 pilots and some 100 mechanics. The deal had been initially estimated to be $6.9 billion, but extra cruise missile orders pushed up the price. The contracts were signed by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Khalid Al-Attiah, on the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference. Despite this , the UK’s defence minister stated that a deal with Qatar to sell them Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes was “definitely still on the table” when speaking in Doha on Tuesday.
Defense Industry Daily
Wow! So it comes to $312 million per plane! No wonder the Su-35’s are selling like hot cakes! The western jet fighters are pricing themselves out off the market. Good news for US, Swedish, Chinese and Russian jets!