The financing of the RAFALE is for 20 years with a 5-year grace period (you pay nothing in those years). The GRIPEN is for 12 years, with a grace period of 4. The French government finances 100% of the process.
Good morning, cordial greetings, in Colombia there is a stir over the purchase of the aircraft, especially since the current president was the staunchest enemy of the acquisition during the previous government, "mysteriously" he changes his position and now the change of the floats (which it is, of course).
on the other hand, Gripen and F-16 are still in competition, so not everything is said and it is expected that the final decision will not take long.
As a very personal opinion, I prefer the F-16, 26 nations cannot be wrong
Colombia shortlists the Rafale as its future combat aircraft
The first batch, if the agreement is finally closed, will be between three and five aircraft by 2023 for an amount of 678 million dollars.
Asimismo, explicó que también se han evaluado las prpuestas de Suecia, con los Gripen de Saab, y de Estados Unidos, con los F-16 de Lockheed Martin. Sin embargo, desde el Gobierno afirm ...
The reasons for the selection of the Rafale by Colombia
Given the announcement of the pre-selection of the Dassault Rafale by the Colombian government to replace its IAI Kfir, we investigated a little more about the reasons why it was decided to change the preference of the F-16V Block 70 for the French model in recent days.
Negotiations for the replacement of the Kfir have been going on for ten years, having started in 2012, when requests for information were sent to the main companies, but Boeing and Dassault did not pay much attention because they believed that the Colombian Air Force (FAC) was not going for a serious business deal
Ante el anuncio de la preselección del Dassault Rafale por parte del gobierno colombiano para reemplazar sus IAI Kfir, indagamos un poco más sobre las razones por las cuales se decidió cambiar en los últimos días la preferencia del F-16V Block 70 por el modelo francés. Las negociaciones por el...
The most interesting thing is this article, is something that pleasantly surprises me.
Faced with this panorama of intransigence from the Americans and the high costs of the Eurofighter, in addition to the limitations of the Gripen, the French decided to bet big in the middle of 2022 and start by removing the end-user restrictions, which also existed on the Gripen and the Eurofighter. In addition, they agreed to offer the integration of the Meteor missile, but also to integrate the Derby, Phyton 5 and Spice bombs, making it the most capable of all. Only the restriction on the use of nuclear weapons remains.
As indicated by the Selection Committee, they were very convinced, because they solved several issues. On the one hand, the electronic warfare capacity is customizable and they give Colombia access to the database to be able to modify it. It can integrate Israeli weaponry, employment restrictions have been lifted, it has design anti-ship capability and has specific weapons for the Rafale and is combat proven. Another advantage is that, since it was designed to operate on aircraft carriers, it can operate on short runways, which the Typhoon and the F-16 cannot. This allows them to operate in places like Tres Esquinas, Grupo Aéreo del Oriente and San Andrés. Furthermore, it requires less logistical support and is more versatile to operate. On the other hand, they highlighted that it is a more maneuverable aircraft and with a better power-to-weight ratio, in addition to the fact that, among other factors, it has an AESA radar with better coverage, since the one on the F-16 only does electronic scanning, but the antenna is fixed, while that of the Rafale moves to the sides.
Although it is almost as expensive to operate as the Eurofighter, currently, the flight hour of a Kfir is almost $18,000 dollars (it is expensive because there are almost no operators or spare parts or support), the Rafale ranges between $15,000 to $17,000, the Eurofighter from $19,000 to $21,000, the F-16 from $9,500 to $11,000, and the Gripen from $7,500 to $8,000.
So at the end of the day probably by January of 2023 the business deal of the new Combat Fighter jet will be signed by the Colombian Goverment and Dassault for the acquisition of a total of 16 RAFALE. The race is over, so no Gripen and no F-16 For the Colombian Air Force. these affirmations come directly from the presidency of the republic and the defense minister himself.