While the Rafale fighter aircraft from Dassault Aviation is a robust and efficient aircraft in many areas, whether it be air-to-air combat or very low-altitude penetration, including reconnaissance or nuclear strike, there is one area in which the French device fully surpasses all of its competitors, scalability. Indeed, unlike the Swedish Gripen, the Eurofighter Typhoon and even the F35, the French aircraft has been modernized by successive layer up to the F3R standard, without the cell needing to be modified. And the first Rafale F1 which equipped the 12F flotilla of the French naval aeronautics in 2001 to replace the old F8 Crusaders, fly or will fly soon to this same F3R standard as the last aircraft left the assembly line.
The F4 standard will however create an exception in this spectacular and remarkable balance sheet, since only the most recent devices can be upgraded to the F4.2 standard, the same that will allow the evolution to the later F5 standard planned for 2030, and F6 planned for 2040, concomitantly with the entry into service of the Franco-German SCAF. But the information gathered on this F4.2 standard like that on the future F5 standard, as well as the philosophy that emanates from the developments of the systems of the SCAF program, suggests the anticipated arrival of a Game Changer potential for the French air force as well as for the international Rafale customers from 2030: the Remote Carrier.
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