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20 April 2016

DSA 2016: France Optimistic about Malaysian RAFALEs

France is confident it will sell the Dassault-built RAFALE to Malaysia after submitting a formal proposal, MT learned at DSA 2016. Fiscal troubles due to low commodity prices might delay any decision to buy fighter jets, although Malaysian military sources expect the armed forces to push for more procurement funds in the next five-year plan starting in 2016. Malaysian defence officials have said they are assessing Boeing's newer F/A-18E/F, the Dassault-built RAFALE, Saab's GRIPEN, and the Eurofighter TYPHOON.

Dassault received a boost after a long-awaited first export deal for the RAFALE to Egypt in 2015, which was quickly followed by a sale to Qatar.