Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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Ultra-long-range air-to-air missile race accelerates between US, China and Russia

From the early 60s, the rise of the Soviet long-range bomber fleet became a major problem for the US Air Force and US Navy. In an attempt to protect the fleet from raids by Tu-95, Tu-16 and Tu-22 bombers armed with powerful, often supersonic anti-ship missiles, the US Navy simultaneously developed two complementary weapon systems: the triptych consisting of the surface missile -air SM-2, the SPY-1 radar and the AEGIS system which equipped the Ticonderoga class cruisers and then the Arleigh Burke Destroyers to respond to the potential saturation of traditional defense systems which required a radar of…

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Egypt is already interested in Rafale F4

The Rafale seems to have more than convinced the authorities in Cairo like the Egyptian air force. Indeed, hardly had they signed a new order for 30 F3R standard aircraft, accompanied by 2 A330 MRTT tanker planes and a military satellite, than the Egyptian negotiators announced their intention to increase the fleet. from Egyptian Rafale to 72 aircraft, or even 100 aircraft, by placing new orders in the years to come. Obviously, the capabilities of the future F4 standard of the French aircraft seem to meet the country's needs to strengthen its deterrence and…

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Greece to prepare to order 6 additional Rafale

“A combat squadron consists of 18 aircraft, but a good combat squadron has 24 aircraft”. This is how a Greek military source specific to the file presented Greece's forthcoming intention to order 6 additional Rafales from France for the 332nd Hellenic fighter squadron, which has already sent 6 pilots to Mont-de- Marsan to begin their transformation on the French aircraft. On the basis of the current contract for the acquisition of 18 Rafales to the F3R standard, including 6 new aircraft and 12 taken from the Air and Space Force fleet, Athens estimates the amount of the…

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Greece: What will change with the arrival of the Rafale

It's finally done! On Monday, January 25, the Greek authorities officially signed the order for 18 Rafale combat aircraft to the F3R standard, as well as a large batch of ammunition and parts, all for an amount of €2,5 billion. The signing of this contract has been long awaited, and confirms the partnership between Paris and Athens around defense issues, a partnership that showed its solidity during the crisis between Greece and Turkey on issues of operating hydrocarbon in the Aegean Sea last fall. But beyond this bilateral defense relationship, the arrival of the Rafale…

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Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticism and reservations about the Rafale program: too powerful, too technological, the Dassault Aviation plane was above all too expensive, while the Europe was engaged in a rapid deflation of the armed forces and especially of the budget allocated to Defence. It is true that at that time, France maintained excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to be limited to counter-insurgency interventions such as in Afghanistan. 14 years later, this same aircraft could well record an exceptional year in…

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All Greek Rafales will be at the latest F3R standard

The French Rafale combat aircraft has known, since its entry into service in 2002 in the French Navy, several successive standards, from the F1 specialized in Air-Air combat to the first Rafale M embarked on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, in standard F3 and F3-OAT which will see the arrival of the AESA antenna of the RBE2 radar and will give the aircraft its true status as an omnirole aircraft, capable of simultaneously carrying out Air-Air, Air-Ground and intelligence missions without having to modify their equipment or configuration. The F3R standard, which arrived in 2018, further increases the performance of the aircraft, with the TALIOS designation pod, the modernization of the SPECTRA self-defense system,…

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Indian Rafales fly over border area with China

Despite the agreements between Beijing and New Delhi signed on September 14 to reduce tension in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, nothing has so far indicated that the forces involved have, in any way whatsoever, lightened their devices. or their operational postures. On the contrary ! To respond to the latest Chinese public statements, the Indian Air Force has decided to stage its latest acquisition, the Rafale combat aircraft which, having arrived in the country less than 2 months ago, has already started flights above of this potentially explosive theatre. The speeches of the occasion having framed the signature...

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Athens announces order for 18 Rafale and Defense agreement with France

Meta-Defense readers will not be surprised, since it's been 2 weeks since we tackled the subject. On the occasion of a televised speech broadcast on Saturday September 12, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, confirmed the order of 18 Rafale planes from France, in a speech intended to present to the Greeks the various measures taken by the government to strengthen the country's armed forces and their ability to dissuade a possible adversary from taking action against it, Turkey, to name it. In addition to the order for French combat aircraft, the Head of State also announced the…

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Greece would like to acquire 12 Rafale planes

According to information circulating on Greek social networks, Athens has opened discussions with Paris to acquire a squadron of Rafale aircraft, or 12 aircraft. No confirmation either from the Greek authorities or from the French authorities has been published, but the information is far from being unfounded. Indeed, a simple Rafale squadron would, on its own, be capable of profoundly upsetting the balance of power in the Aegean Sea against the Turkish air, naval and anti-aircraft forces. While Ankara formalized a new order for S400 anti-aircraft systems, Athens, which apparently remains at an impasse over the cost of Naval Group's FDI frigates,…

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