Kuwait Rafale fighter planes that are not members of advanced high against the purchase price
The article said the French Rafale is not technically advanced, and the stand-alone and spare parts prices are high.
According to the U.S. “Defense News” Web site April 11, 2010 reported that the Kuwaiti parliament in an Islamic political party opposed to the French parliament to sign purchase “Rafale” fighter contract, and on April 11 warned that the signing of the contract if They will be severely question the principal officials.
Reform and Development Party’s spokesman Faisal al-Muslim conference in a correspondent said: “The signing of this contract means that we will purchase any of the people to approve the tough question of trade.” But He did not say they are prepared for senior officials questioned whether including the Prime Minister and Defense Minister in. The purchase of billions of dollars, is expected to purchase 14-28 “gust.”
another party Congressman Jamaan Al-Harbash has been carried out in a few months ago against the procurement activities, he is said to be from the Defense Department to produce documents, the document proposed to abandon this item procurement.
Harbash said: “The report that the machine is not technically advanced, and the stand-alone and spare parts prices are very high and if the purchase is approved, will be a huge waste of public funds.”
Al-Muslim and Harbash have insisted that their opposition to the procurement plan is not any hostility to France.
spokesman for the public activities of the party, followed by Rep. Mussallam al-Barrak said that any political party on the “gust” the questions raised on procurement are fully supported.
visiting Kuwait, the French chief of staff, General Edouard Guillaud, “Rafale” fighter for the defense, saying it was in fact one of the best fighters, and said it is completely transparent in relation to procurement negotiations.
Guillaud KUNA news agency in reply to questions, said: “France has proposed to use Kuwait ‘gust’ replacement of its existing old ‘Phantom’ aircraft, the Kuwaiti government is the offer of France to study.” And said Kuwait has sent experts to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the French, in addition, Paris also plans to sell the aircraft to the UAE.
Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah said last month, “Rafale” fighter of the Kuwaiti government procurement is one of the current priority.
November last year, Emirates independent parliament unanimously passed to the Audit Commission and the United States and France signed three projects in the investigation of weapons procurement contracts, according to legislators, these contracts worth billions of dollars. But Muslim, said on April 11, accounts supervisor told Congress that because the Defense Department can not provide the appropriate documents, so the investigation can not be started. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Li Hao)