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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France orders 12 Rafale and 10 additional NH90 helicopters

As Talleyrand liked to say, “If it goes without saying, it goes all the better by saying it”. In this case, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly confirmed, in a speech to the national representation, that her ministry was going to order 12 new Rafale aircraft to compensate for the 12 aircraft sold second-hand to Greece, in a contract also including 6 new appliances. In addition, the Minister also confirmed the order for 10 NH90 helicopters to the "Special Forces" standard to equip the 4th Special Forces helicopter regiment based in Pau. The total amount of the order is estimated at €1,5 billion.…

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The military version of the five-bladed Airbus Helicopters H145 should be qualified next year, with new assets to highlight

In March 2019, at Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Airbus Helicopters unveiled the new variant of its successful twin-engine helicopter, the H145. Equipped with a new rotor equipped with five blades, against four on the previous variants, this new helicopter should be lighter, more economical and have a greater payload, while reducing maintenance requirements. Intended primarily for the civilian market and public services (police, ambulances, liaison, etc.), the new H145 has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is in the process of being certified by the American FAA. This should allow delivery to the first customers…

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Modern Chinese fighter planes

At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, the Chinese air forces were equipped for the most part with locally-made aircraft with performances much lower than those of Western aircraft such as the F15, F16, F18 or Mirage 2000, or Soviets like the Mig 29 or the Su27. Chinese industry could then only produce devices that were at least one generation behind with regard to the technological standard of the moment. In the space of a generation, Chinese-made aircraft displaying performance comparable to the most modern aircraft in service in the American or European air forces have come into use.

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