Rafale Demand Strains Supply: India Key to Dassault's Solution

Rafale Demand Strains Supply: India Key to Dassault's Solution


French aviation behemoth Dassault is savoring the success of its Rafale fighter jet but faces a complex production dilemma.

An order backlog of 211 Rafales – 141 for export and 70 for the French Air Force – leaves the company eager to boost production.

Yet, a confluence of obstacles could result in new customers facing a decade-long delivery wait.

The Production Bottleneck​

Dassault hopes to double production from 13 to 20 jets annually, which would still take a full decade to clear the backlog.

A shortage of skilled engineers within the Rafale's intricate supply chain presents the primary roadblock.

Additionally, suppliers are reluctant to invest in capacity expansion amid worries about the long-term sustainability of higher production rates.

India: A Potential Lifeline​

Dassault sees a solution in India, a key Rafale customer.

A proposed takeover of Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL), the French firm's joint venture with Reliance Group, aims to facilitate increased outsourcing of Rafale components to Indian suppliers.

Additionally, a second production line established at DRAL's Nagpur facility could produce 6-8 Rafales per year.

Analysis​

While an Indian production line wouldn't solve Dassault's immediate backlog, but it's a strategic play.

It signals a commitment to fulfilling Indian orders (including the potential 27 Rafale M jets in 2024) and tackling future demand.

This could reassure hesitant customers, particularly those seeking long-term reliability rather than immediate delivery.

Conclusion​

The Rafale's popularity is undeniable, but the production bottleneck is a harsh reality.

Dassault's ability to overcome supply-chain limitations and its partnership strategy with India will determine its success in meeting global demand.

If Dassault can navigate these challenges, the Rafale's dominance in the skies could endure for decades to come.
 
It will be good for lndia to buy Boeing F15 EX fighter jets and Jointly build this fighter jets with Tata aerospace in lndia.
US government will be happy with lndian government decision.
Boeing F15 EX fighter jets are far better than Lockheed Martin 5th generation F35 fighter jets because F15 EX fighter jet weapon payload capacity is greater than F35 fighter jet and lt has no accident otherhand,F35 fighter jets has accident records.
It will be better to use 145kn GE jet engine in Boeing F15 EX fighter jet.
Secondly, lndian government can purchase fighter jets from Russia.
IAF can buy SU-35 jets or fifth generation SU-57 fighter jets.
Jai Hind.
 
We already have capability to build 4th gen and 4.5 gen fighters and are developing 5th gen. We planned to buy rafales because china has large number of 5th gen fighters already, and our 5th gen and 4.5 gen fighters were years away from entering mass production. There was a capability gap.
Not was but is, there's definitely a capability gap.
 
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You are surely qualified for sweeper of rubbish in those screw driving factories.
Good chai and samosas included free for sweeping rubbish.
I'm much more qualified than most of the people here and have many years of experience of handling stupid people like you and sending them to jail.
 
I'm much more qualified than most of the people here and have many years of experience of handling stupid people like you and sending them to jail.
Yo MoFu you are threatening now and you are really a disgusting one and get lost for good.

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You are surely very good for sweeping rubbish and scavenging from it to survive in life.

I worked for 3+ decades in space, defense and aerospace industries and know a dimwit when I see their writings.

Actually, you will get jailed for cyber bullying and harassing.
So get lost and stop posting on my posts.
 

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