France willing to sell its Dassault-built Rafale fighter jets to Ukrainian Air Force

The Ukrainian government has made it known in Paris and Washington that it is looking for U.S. or EU-built, 4++ gen fighter jets to replace its Soviet-era MiG-29s and Su-27s.

These intentions were reported by Intelligence Online, a French website that specializes in security matters, according to Defense Express.

Kyiv is hesitating between light fighters, like the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, and a heavier, multi-role fighter, such as Dassault’s Rafale, Intelligence Online has reported.

French analysts at Intelligence Online reckon that – in a competition for replacement of Ukraine’s aging Soviet-era MiG-29/Su-27 fighter jet fleets – Dassault Rafale and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would be the favorites.

The potential contract for multirole fighters replacing Ukraine’s Soviet-era fleet of MiG-29s and Su-27s would purportedly top the agenda for French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to Ukraine, which was originally slated for the end of March by then postponed until a later date.

(c) Ukrinform


    • This may be the only opportunity Ukraine gets to force France to do the right thing about Putin’s occupations. Ukraine could buy a couple of planes from France…in exchange…for real security guarantees, support to join NATO in writing and a couple of joint force bases like the US is planning. Perhaps do the same with the Budapest signatories; US or British Typhoons.

  1. I agree with Mike. Choosing a frog plane bears the danger of being left out in the cold when the wishy-washy French government decides to suck-up to mafia land.

  2. I have been following this issue and no source has mentioned the F/A -18.
    They have mentioned the Rafale or the F-15 for a heavy fighter to supplement a light fighter.
    Currying favor with the French is a wasted effort for Ukraine. the French will always have a soft spot for the USSR which, for some reason, does not extend to Ukraine.

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