International companies will scramble for new orders at the Middle East's largest arms show which opens in Abu Dhabi next week as oil-rich Gulf states load up on weapons in a region rocked by instability and violence.
France is in the "final stage" of negotiations to sell up to 36 Rafale warplanes to Qatar, a senior French source involved in the discussions said on Tuesday.
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation is also in talks aimed at supp
Qatar is likely to launch an international tender to renew its fleet of ageing fighter jets soon and is interested in France's Rafale, a French official said, while sources said it was also looking at the BAE Systems-backed Eurofighter Typho
Negotiations between France and the United Arab Emirates over the potential sale of 60 Rafale fighter jets to the Gulf country are ongoing and have a chance of succeeding, a French diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
The on-off n
A long-awaited French deal for Dassault to sell at least 60 Rafale warplanes to the UAE appeared to hit a roadblock on Wednesday after the country's crown prince said proposed terms were "uncompetitive and unworkable."
The cost of upgrading the Rafale to the standard required by the UAE, a potential buyer of 60 of France's most sophisticated combat aircraft, could reach 4-5 billion euros ($5.4-$6.7 billion), a report said.
"The client will at best pay on
The United Arab Emirates' military has told France about its requirements for the Rafale fighter plane, the state news agency WAM has reported, as talks continue on the aircraft's possible first overseas sale.
'The Government o
Kuwait's defence minister has said that buying Rafale fighter aircraft was worth 'serious consideration', the official Kuwait News Agency reported.
'On a Rafale French military aircraft deal, Sheikh Jaber al-Hamad al-Sabah