26 Maret 2015

France Ready to Give RI Technology Transfer

26 Maret 2015

Dassault Aviation Rafale (all photos : Okezone)  

France asserted on Wednesday that it was willing to provide an industrial cooperation with Indonesia should the Dassault Rafale jet fighter be selected to modernize the Indonesian Air Force.

French Ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said that France was open to all cooperation possibilities involving French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation and state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI).

“With the support of the French government, Dassault is open to any possibility of partnerships and transfer technology,” she said in a prepared statement. 

Other than technology transfer, she said that being 100 percent French, the Rafale would allow its users independence. “It is designed with Safran/Snecma for the engine, Thales for the avionics and MBDA for the armament,” she said.

Breuzé was speaking at an event to introduce the French jet fighter to the Indonesian public, at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta. 

She said that the decision to bring the Rafale to Jakarta, despite a high level of operational engagement especially in Iraq, was made by the French defense minister and air force following a courtesy call from Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, who met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on March 10.

Ryamizard also visited the Rafale’s assembly line in Bordeaux-Merignac during the March visit.

Two Rafale jet fighters, a Rafale B double-seater and a Rafale C single-seater, arrived on Monday from the just-concluded 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Malaysia.

On Tuesday, the jet fighters performed three flights for Indonesian Air Force pilots who flew on the Rafale B, taking the back seat. 

There was also a solo aerobatic display performed by Capt. Benoit Blanche of the French Air Force.

The Rafale is a latecomer in the competition to replace the aging American-made F-5 E/F Tiger II operated by the Indonesian Air Force.

The French jet fighter is facing tough competition, locking horns with a stable of other contenders including the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35, American-made F-16 Block 60, Swedish-made Saab JAS-39 Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon, a collaboration between Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The Indonesian Air Force has repeatedly said it prefers the Su-35, the latest iteration of the Flanker family of jet fighters, although the final decision will be made by the Defense Ministry.

Meanwhile, Dassault Aviation executive vice president for America, Africa and Asia military sales JPHP Chabriol told The Jakarta Post that the best example of French will to transfer technology was India, which selected the Rafale.

He said that from an order of 126 units, 18 were supposed to be produced in France and the rest to be produced locally by Indian industries through progressive transfer of technology.

“From French authorities’ point of view as well as from French industry, there is no limitation to transfer technologies of the Rafale to friendly foreign countries,” he said.

“The only constraints we have are linked to the budgetary aspect, good sense and cost efficiency.”

He said Dassault and all associated French companies were quite open to discussions with Indonesian actors to set up a program that suited Indonesian requirements.

“We are not imposing anything; we are ready for discussion to define what is the optimized scheme of transfer of technology in the framework of the Rafale bid,” Chabriol said.

Other than technology transfer, Chabriol emphasized that Indonesia would get total independence if it selected the Rafale because, as it is a 100-percent French product, Indonesia would not have to deal with a third party.

Another advantage of buying the Rafale, he added, was that it could be deployed with very minimal logistical support. 

(The Jakarta Post)

3 komentar:

  1. better to have this plane > 100% ToT instead SU35.

  2. rafale fighter terlalu mahal bercompetisi jadi tempur masa depan indonesia ...saingan utama rafale aviasion ...sukhoi 35 bm harga lebih terjangkau dan ke mampuan radar avionic lebih mumpuni . sudah cerita lama pihak sekutu tawar menawar alutsista selalu mahal termasuk ongkos delevery pun lama contoh : f16 bekas hibah hibah berharga $$$ milyaran dolar sampai sekarang tersendat pegiriman delevry .

    1. Su-35 juga sama saja terlalu mahal.

      Harga yg anda lihat itu hanya harga kosong. Perlu investasi dalam infrastruktur, training, dan spare part (spare part Su-35 BERBEDA JAUH dengan Su-27/30). Kalau membeli paket lengkap untuk Su-35, harganya tidak banyak lebih murah dibanding Dassault Rafale, sedangkan.....

      Biaya operasional untuk Su-35 juga paling sedikit akan lebih mahal 2x sampai 3x lipat dibanding Dassault Rafale. Lagipula umur Su-35 sangat terbatas -- hanya 30 tahun dan tidak dapat diperpanjang, sedangkan rata2 pesawat tempur Barat umurnya dapat diperpanjang terus setelah Mid-Life upgrade.

      Belum lagi spare part untuk Su-35 belum tentu terjamin. Jumlah produksi terlalu sedikit, dan Rosoboronexport sudah mempunyai reputasi yg bagus dalam "menunggak spare part", dan menegosiasi ulang setiap nilai kontrak (supaya lebih mahal).