36 is the first batch.
Not only. the whole 80 Rafale for UAE will be built in France, without offset. And you can be sure the UAE Rafale to be the most potent of all time (as M2000-9), so some more goodies to come...Nothing surprising. The Swiss deal was through a tender, so it was gonna be cheaper.
in 2011 UAE needed a boosted Rafale : with 2 x 9 tons engines (requesting a deep frame modification), and a new radar (because the prototyp of RBE2 AESA was then made with average T/R modules, so they ask for 13Kw peak power instead of 9.6Kw and Thales studied a new cooling system). Add some Spectra modifications (widest band) and towed decoy.+ @Bon Plan
Some years back, there were reports that
(a) UAE is not happy with the engines on Rafale, and that they wanted the French to upgrade engines (with better thrust) with no cost to UAE
(b) UAE is not happy with price of Rafale.
I remember reading some interview from someone who matters in UAE that French are being unreasonable with price of Rafale.
So both those are resolved?
May I suggest LM to promote the F21 ???
You are right.The problem is not American Equipment , it is the Conditionalities , the Sermonizing
The Lecturing and Interference
To use an American Phrase
Their policy " changes on a Dime "
Even in case of India , it is the Chinese threat which makes them behave nicely towards us
Otherwise they would put Sanctions in the Name of Human Rights and Democracy just as they did to Saudi Arabia
Chinese growth and Non American weapons such as Rafale and Sukhois are the only things that will bring down their Arrogance
What is the Difference between
Rafale F 4 and India Specific Enhancements