Viv S wrote:
Not so much with regard to the Rafale(except maybe the claim of poor serviceability), but those related to the Eurofighter still apply. The post was in response to Shatack who felt the EF losing the Singapore competition(as well as others) was a damning statement against its bid for the IAF's MMRCA contract.
Singapore drops Eurofighter Typhoon from shopping list
SINGAPORE : The Singapore government confirmed Thursday that it had dropped the Eurofighter Typhoon from a shortlist of possible new fighters, leaving the French-built Rafale and US-made Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle as the final options.
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said the Typhoon is a "very capable aircraft ... (but) the committed schedule for the delivery of the Typhoon and its systems did not meet the requirements" of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
"In response to media queries, MINDEF confirmed that it has narrowed down the selection for the new fighter replacement programme to Dassaults Rafale and Boeings F-15," a ministry statement said.
"MINDEF has decided not to consider the proposal from BAE Systems any further."
The contract to replace the ageing fleet of A-4 Skyhawks and the F-5 jets will be worth more than US$1b.
Speaking at the Singapore Press Club's luncheon, Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean was asked repeatedly about the impending decision but he did not give anything away.
"We are proceeding with our evaluation in this programme and as usual, we will make sure we go through the entire evaluation, under no time pressure, and that we get the best aircraft possible that meets our needs," he said. - CNA/ct/ir
this is sing mindef declaration, tells more about smearing flightglobal rosy "eurofighter" 1 year later brieves from eurofighter's fan boyos, not?
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Officials at the army base in Zeltweg, Styria, said today the Eurofighter pilot had to use the jet’s parachute to create a braking effect. Its bottom panel and engine were damaged in the landing procedure, they added.
Austrian army chiefs and Social Democratic (SPÖ) Defence Minister Norbert Darabos have come under fire as opposition critics claimed most of the country’s 15 fighter jets were unready for usage most of the time due to various technical problems.
2010 article with sources!
A well supported program by owners nations! The RAF is losing more than 70 of its fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, who retires today as the Chief of the Air Staff, has made it clear that he expects the RAF to operate on the basis of a Typhoon fleet of 120 aircraft. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 734604.ece