No. In Korea, F-15 was the political choice from the start. The competition was a fake. Its purpose was only to get better terms for buying F-15. Although Rafale was judged best on the technical evaluation, it would only have been seriously considered if the Americans had refused to make a better offer for F-15 - but they did improve their offer. S. Korea was originally offered lower-specification F-15s at a higher price than it finally got.
Originally Posted by Kovy
The competition being fake was more or less admitted by S. Korea, after the contract. Why do you think nobody except Boeing would even bid for the second batch, despite Korean efforts to solicit proposals? They all knew it was a waste of time & money to prepare an offer.
In Singapore, it was very different. Rafale was never winning. Different criteria. Note that the Americans had to try much, much harder to win. Singapore got a higher-specification F-15 than S. Korea, at about the same price. Singapore is nobody's poodle.
You're right that Brazil is different, though. The USA is at a political disadvantage, with any attempt to exert pressure likely to harm its prospects, rather than help them, & I think the technical reasons for Rafale not being favoured by Singapore no longer apply. Also, there are industrial criteria in the Brazilian selection, which favour the non-US bidders. There were no such criteria in the Singapore bid.
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