United Arab Emirates may buy Rafale fighters in late 2021

PARIS, ($1=0.89 Euros) – French media have begun to actively spread information that the authorities of France and the United Arab Emirates are working on a contract for the supply of Rafale fighters, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Defense Express. According to preliminary data, it is a delivery of 30 to 60 fighters of this type to the UAE, as the “weighted average” figure is 50 Rafale.

France bought new Rafales to replace the 'Greek' fighters
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Official details of the agreement to supply Rafale aircraft to the UAE Air Force could be announced in early December 2021, during a planned visit by French President Emmanuel Macron. This was announced by the portal European Defense Review.

From BulgarianMilitary.com we will add – if the information about the preparation of the contract for the supply of Rafale to the UAE comes true, this will be the fourth contract for the supply of fighters of this type in 2021, which Paris received from its partners.

Recall that at the end of December 2020, France and Greece signed an agreement for the supply of 18 aircraft and weapons Rafale worth a total of 2.8 billion euros.

In early May 2021, France and Egypt signed a contract to supply 30 Rafale fighters. According to unofficial data, the cost of this delivery is 5 billion dollars, for which Egypt will take a loan for 10 years.

In the same May 2021, France and Croatia signed a contract for the supply of 12 Rafale F3R fighters in the presence of the French Air Force. The cost of this agreement is “a little less than 1 billion euros”, the delivery of cars should take place in 2024-2025.

UAE and the Su-75 Checkmate

Nearly four months have passed since mid-July when the Russian state-owned company Rostec introduced to the world the latest Russian stealth fighter of the fifth-generation Su-75 Checkmate. Its appearance was more than unexpected, given that Russia has begun mass production of its long-standing development in this area – Su-57.

Who, then, is the newest Russian fighter intended for? For Russia? Or for someone else? Many analysts claim that the Su-75 Checkmate is not intended for the Russian market, but directly for export. There is logic in such claims – Russian pilots prefer to fly two-engine fighters, while the Su-75 has only one. Both engines of any Russian fighter give their advantage in close combat – greater maneuverability, greater thrust, therefore faster to reach a certain height.

If we go back four years, in 2017 at the international exhibition Index 2017 we will notice that then the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates came out with a message that the two countries are starting work on a project for a fifth-generation stealth fighter, which should be ready in 2025. Too many matches, don’t you think?

According to MilitaryWatch Magazine, a Russian source in the defense industry and close to the publication’s editorial office has confirmed that Abu Dhabi is the “secret” partner of the Russians in the production of the Su-75 Checkmate. He shares that the UAE has the same role as Pakistan when it ordered its JF-17 from China – financing installments during certain periods.

The checkmate could take an advantage over the F-35 even before it began mass production. It is known that the United Arab Emirates ordered an F-35 from the United States in the last weeks of the Donald Trump administration.

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