The French navy’s Flotille 11F combat aviation squadron, based at Landivisiau, has taken delivery of its first Tranche 4 Rafale Marine, designated Rafale M40.
This aircraft is the first to be equipped with systems and equipment that substantially improve its combat capabilities as well as its air defense missions for the protection of national airspace.
Several displays newly installed in the cockpit provide a better image definition and the head-up display is more transparent. The aircraft is also fitted with an improved friend-or-foe IFF interrogator capable of identifying civilian and military aircraft at longer ranges.
The Tranche 4 aircraft is also fitted with a new-generation infra-red missile launch detector which warns the pilot of an enemy missile firing. The most significant improvement of this new aircraft batch is the new-generation RBE2 radar with an active antenna (AESA).
Its detection range is substantially extended, and provides the pilot with an improved situation awareness for long-range combat as well as at very short ranges.
Qatar could intensify its interest in procuring Rafale jets when its new Emir, Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani visits Paris on June 23, the La Tribune financial website reported on Wednesday. La Tribune, citing various sources, said that the Emir might announce during his visit that Qatar had opted for the Rafale and would open exclusive talks with Dassault Aviation
Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi delivered a proposal for further defining a European UAS to the Ministry of Defence of France, Germany and Italy. The offer proposes a Definition Phase which has been prepared by joint development teams of Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi and which is backed by an industrial agreement on workshare and a cooperative agreement to start the MALE2020 program
The Dassault Rafale, winner of the Indian MMRCA deal, can “easily” meet all the requirements of Qatars defence needs for the present and the future, a top Dassault Aviation (DA) official said recently. Benoît Dussaugey, DAs senior executive vice-president (international), told Gulf Times that the French company was in the race to win the multi-billion dollar contract for new fighter jets for Qatars Emiri Air Force and was “very confident” of its chances given the “excellent capability” of its aircraft
Dassault may have reached a deal with Indias state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited over the contract to supply 126 Rafale jets. The aircraft-makers CEO Eric Trappier today hinted that its problems regarding manufacture of the Rafale jets in India may have ended
Serge Dassault, who heads Dassault Aviation, was taken into custody Wednesday for allegedly buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes where he was formerly mayor. Dassault in 1998 received a two-year suspended prison sentence in Belgium for bribing members of the Socialist Party to win a helicopter deal
Indias $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made. The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made
Dassault is preparing to recieve a contract for 72 Rafale jets from Qatar marking its first export order. According to a French government official, a contract would probably come in two batches of 36 aircraft
Since June 2, four Rafale fighters of the French air forces 3/30 “Lorraine” squadron have deployed at Jodhpur air base, in India, to take part in the bilateral “Garuda” exercise. This is the fifth time the two countries hold this exercise, which will end on June 13
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Ahead of the conclusion of the financial negotiations in the MMRCA deal, Dassault has pulled out all stops in raising its sales pitch to the Indian government. Showcasing its full might, the Rafale is participating for the first time in the Garuda V exercises against the Indian Air Forces Su-30s
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