Jun 22, 2014
Dassault poised to win a contract from Qatar for 72 Rafales
A contract would probably come in two batches of 36 aircraft. The topic will be discussed when Qatar ruler visits France next week, as negotiations continue. The Qatari Ministry of Defense and Dassault Aviation had no comment.
Dassault sees prospects for sales to Canada and Malaysia.
French President Francois Hollande has been discussing the sale of the jets with Qatar for more than a year. Hollande told journalists on a visit to Qatar’s capital, Doha, a year ago, that as much as three quarters of Qatar’s military hardware comes from France.
Qatar, which shares the world’s biggest gas reservoir with Iran, has been looking to replace its existing fleet of 12 Mirage fighter jets with more modern aircraft.