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Boeing's F-15 wins key Singapore fighter deal over Rafale of France
SINGAPORE (AFP) Sep 07, 2005
The US-made Boeing F-15 Eagle has defeated the French-built Rafale in a dogfight for a billion-dollar fighter contract in Singapore, dealing a blow to European interests in Asia's booming arms market.
The French defense ministry has expressed "regret" following Singapore's announcement late Tuesday that it was in talks with Boeing for its new generation of fighters, a decision closely watched by other buyers.
"It is a sovereign decision of the Singaporean state. France respects it. Even if we regret it, this decision will not detract from the quality of our bilateral relations," the ministry said in a statement.
"In a hard-driving international competition involving several aircraft, the Rafale was one of the two finalists," the statement said, adding that "the current weakness of the dollar however seemed to have been a determining factor for our competition."
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Yeah, maybe they figured the Eagle would do better with the Malay Su-30MKMs than maybe the Rafales would..
But they still keeping those blk 15 F-16s?
I heard they gave some of them off to Thailand..
Originally posted by Char2c35t
another good question would be avaible part and supply chain with the f15 there is a huge pool or parts to feed from while i am sure the typhoon and rafele have tiny parts pool compared to the f15.
Originally posted by waynos
I see, thanks for explaining.
I don't think that would be a factor really, any manufacturer would have to guarantee a certain level of serviceability or face penalties, for the longer term, it might be easier to find scrap parts to keep them in service for a very long time, but I'm not sure this would be a factor when buying them new.