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  • Air Chief Marshal Sheikh Abdul Hannan will meet with chief of United States Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr, Acting Director of Defense Security Cooperation Agency Mr Jedidiah P. Royal and visit the F-16, F-18 production facilities.
Just seven months ago, his predecessor Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat also met with chief of United States Air Force and Director of Defense Security Cooperation Agency. He discussed about MRCA, GSOMIA and ACSA. He also visited F-16, F-18 production facilities. I haven't seen this type of activities for EFT, Rafale. 2020's report says Dhaka showed interest in American fighter jet which we didn't see about EU fighters.

  • So CAS checked F-16 simulator in Turkey.
  • According to DTB, BAF pilots and engineers are in France. The report was also supported by DefSeca, DefRes. (DTB is actually more reliable source. Personally talked with him about it)
  • According to DefSeca, Bangladesh Air Force personnel undertaking training for Eurofighter. (Let's hope it's true like the J-10, Rafale)
So i assume all three jets are currently under field survey like the J-10 in 2018.

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Italian Tabloid report on EFT offer to Egypt



"Al Sisi is just waiting for a phone call from Draghi," says an authoritative representative of the Italian government. The phone call should unlock a military contract worth at least 3 billion euros. About 60% of the sum would go to Leonardo. The former Finmeccanica has been in talks with Egypt for three years for the sale of 24 Eurofighters, the [...]

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3 billion for 24 jets means ~ 125 million USD/aircraft .
Bear in mind Egypt would be a first time customer , not sure if this sum includes associated costs, would not be surprised if there is a combination of new and old airframes in this offer @Isa Khan
 

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Italian Tabloid report on EFT offer to Egypt



"Al Sisi is just waiting for a phone call from Draghi," says an authoritative representative of the Italian government. The phone call should unlock a military contract worth at least 3 billion euros. About 60% of the sum would go to Leonardo. The former Finmeccanica has been in talks with Egypt for three years for the sale of 24 Eurofighters, the [...]

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3 billion for 24 jets means ~ 125 million USD/aircraft .
Bear in mind Egypt would be a first time customer , not sure if this sum includes associated costs, would not be surprised if there is a combination of new and old airframes in this offer @Isa Khan

News is one year old actually and it's $3.2 billion ($133 million) but it doesn't specifically say that the money is for 24 EFTs. I noticed @Gamal's discussion in a tweet but now it's deleted. Nothing else on the net either. Anyway good for us if it's true but our plan for now is $2.9 billion for 16 fighters.
 

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Anyway good for us if it's true but our plan for now is $2.9 billion for 16 fighters.
i was always worried because the Qatari and Kuwaiti purchases were ~ 300 million plus USD/jet . i think the Kuwaiti one was around 321 million/jet
 

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If discussions are underway with several countries, including Malaysia, Bangladesh and even Saudi Arabia, 3 prospects stand out, to be now, if not close to an order, in any case close to a decision : Iraq, Serbia and Colombia; so that after having equaled the export scores of the Mirage 2000, the Rafale could well, in the end, approach and perhaps even exceed the 470 aircraft exported to 10 countries of the Mirage F1, without however hoping to catch up with the absolute record of the Mirage III/V, 950 copies exported to 17 initial customers.

 

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COAS at Farnborough International Airshow 2022. With the current economic condition i think we have no other option except J-10. Most logical and affordable choice with local MRO already existing for Chinese aircraft.

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COAS at Farnborough International Airshow 2022. With the current economic condition i think we have no other option except J-10. Most logical and affordable choice with local MRO already existing for Chinese aircraft.

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China is the main supplier of Myanmar, also their closest ally. Don't know if J-10 is a wise choice.
 

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China is the main supplier of Myanmar, also their closest ally. Don't know if J-10 is a wise choice.

And the other supports India. We talked about this before. Like the balancing act in geopolitics we'll have to source aircraft from both sources. I don't think we still can afford large number of Western aircraft and even if we can it will be a bad idea to completely rely on Western countries. So like it or not we'll have to chose a Chinese (or Russian) aircraft and J-10 seems the logical most logical choice based on budget and political issue. Focus is not only Myanmar here. The other option is making a single engine jet (supposed) locally but that's only in talks now (basically a wet dream). Still there'll be issue about engine.
 

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Looks like Rafale is out of competition. This news is old though. ATM Gripen is the most logical choice perhaps. The way we keep facing one crisis after another, better buy something cost effective. Though not expecting any purchase anytime soon now.

 

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