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Rafale International proud to partner the “make in India” program

and to showcase capabilities at Aero India 2015

India, February 16, 2015– The consortium consisting of Dassault Aviation, Thales and Safran Aircraft Engines, three leading international aerospace companies forming Rafale International, will showcase the Rafale fighter aircraft at Asia’s premier air show Aero India 2015 edition which will be held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Karnataka from February 18 to 22.

During the Air show, three Rafale fighter aircraft will be presented, one single-seat Rafale C and two two- seat Rafale B, and a daily flight “solo” display will be performed. This massive participation of the Rafale fighter aircraft to Aero India is consistent with Rafale International’s endeavor to illustrate its commitment to India and to Indian interests “.

Dassault Aviation, the Rafale manufacturer, has contributed proudly to India’s defence preparedness for more than 60 years. Demonstrating the Rafale capabilities in Aero India, is reaffirming Rafale International support to India’s sovereignty. We have had a long standing relationship with Indian Air Force and industry and will continue to partner India in meeting its strategic defence and economic needs. ” Said Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation.

Totally dedicated to partner the “make in India” program, Rafale International, is honored and delighted to pay tribute to its Indian partners on the Indian ground and in the Indian skies.

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About Dassault Aviation and India

Dassault Aviation aircraft have been an integral part of Indian defence forces for over six decades. The first Dassault Aviation aircraft, Toofani was supplied to India in 1953, followed by the Mystere IV, the naval Alize, the Jaguar (manufactured under license by HAL), and the Mirage 2000. These aircraft have contributed to Indian sovereignty all along and the Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft continue to be the IAF’s ‘cutting edge’ till date. The Rafale fighter aircraft has been selected to equip the Indian Air Force.

About Rafale

Designed to be the sole combat aircraft within French Air Force and Navy, extremely powerful, highly agile, and very discrete, fitted with awesome weapon load which can be simultaneously used for air-combat and surface-attacks during the same mission, Rafale demonstrates a unique "omnirole" capability combined to an accurate tactical situation awareness.

Able to carry heavy payload at very long range, Rafale is perfectly suited to perform all types of air-to-air, air-to-ground, attack at sea, and recce and deterrence missions.

Integrating a smart suite of active / passive sensors, including AESA radar, integrated optronics and EW systems, data-link, and using a unique multi-sensor data-fusion concept, Rafale is fully mature, and "combat proven".

With twin-engine configuration, digital terrain following system, associated to stealth design, Rafale provides a high level of survivability.

Land or carrier based, requiring only a reduced logistical footprint, Rafale is suitable for all types of engagement, in coalitions or in full autonomy.

Thanks to already available growth potential, Rafale is also fully adaptable to any future needs.

About Rafale International

Rafale International is a Joint-venture (G.I.E Groupement d'Intérêt Economique) set up by Dassault Aviation, Safran Aircraft Engines and Thales to promote the Rafale fighter aircraft to international customers. The three partners are major international actors in the aerospace and defense fields with more than 135 000 employees and a turnover of 28Bn Euros.

Press contact : Nathalie Bakhos, Export Military Communication: nathalie.bakhos@dassault-aviation.fr For more information, please visit www.rafale.co.in

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