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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:44 PM
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In Libya, the West showcases new weapons for sale: Potential buyers see European/US jets in action
In Libya, West showcases new weapons for sale
Potential buyers from India to Brazil get to see Europe, US jets in action
By Tim Hepher and Karen Jacobs
Reuters
April 4, 2011

French Rafales like those on show in 2009, for instance, flew the Western alliance's very first missions over Libya just over two weeks ago. One of the Rafale's theoretical targets: Libya's French-built Mirage jets that Paris had recently agreed to repair.

The Libyan operation also marks the combat debut for the Eurofighter Typhoon, a competitor to the Dassault Rafale built by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. An Italian Air Force version of that plane was snapped at the 2009 show hosted by Libyan generals. Two weeks ago, that base to which arms firms including Dassault returned last November was attacked by the West.

Times change, allegiances shift, but weapons companies will always find takers for their goods. Libya won't be buying new kit any time soon. But the no-fly zone has become a prime showcase for other potential weapons customers, underlining the power of western combat jets and smart bombs, or reminding potential buyers of the defensive systems needed to repel them.

"This is turning into the best shop window for competing aircraft for years. More even than in Iraq in 2003," says Francis Tusa, editor of U.K.-based Defense Analysis. "You are seeing for the first time on an operation the Typhoon and the Rafale up against each other, and both countries want to place an emphasis on exports. France is particularly desperate to sell the Rafale." "Sarkozy has done a great job in getting the Rafale out there and hitting a convoy early on. He will go to export markets and say this is what our planes can do," said a defense executive from a rival arms producing nation.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42420553/ns/world_news-mide...


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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:21 PM
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1. Now see! There is a good reason to go to war in Libya. It will help create war sales and jobs!
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