Rafale’s first aircraft upgraded to F3-R standard completed its first flight from Air base 118 at Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December, 2018, French Air Force said in a statement Thursday.
The F3-R version will be armed with a combination of the new Meteor long-range air-to-air missile and the RBE2 active electronic scanning radar; a new TALIOS pod that enhances day/night target detection, recognition and identification.
The upgrade also consists of an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS) that forms a sort of protective bubble around the aircraft to avoid a collision with the ground when, for example, a pilot loses consciousness. This is the first time such a system has been fitted to a French military aircraft.
The new standard also takes into account operational lessons learned, notable for the Modular Air Ground Armament (AASM), as well as interoperability and regulatory requirements.
The F3-R upgrade project for all 144 Rafale aircraft currently in French service was launched in October this year.
Some 144 Dassault Rafale fighter jets in French service will be upgraded to the F3-R standard that brings major combat performance enhancements and on which exports to India, Qatar and Egypt are based. The French Directorate General of Armament (DGA) recently approved the Rafale's new F3-R standard for French Air Force and Navy which has two key features: combination of the new Meteor long-range air-to-air missile and the RBE2 active electronic scanning radar; the new TALIOS pod that enhances day/night target detection, recognition and identification
France has unveiled new Barracuda-class nuclear-powered submarine project, meant to replace its ageing fleet of four SSN Rubis submarines. The boat is the first of its class to be built for the French navy
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on capital acquisitions by the Indian Air Force (IAF) said the Rafale aircraft deal signed by the Centre in 2016 was 2.8 percent cheaper than the deal negotiated by the previous government
CNIM will deliver fourteen new landing craft (LCU type, designated EDA-S for “engins de débarquement amphibie standards” in French) to replace the the ageing “CTM” (previous generation of LCUs) in the French Navy (Marine Nationale). Acting as prime contractor, CNIM teamed up with Mauric for the study phase, Socarenam for construction (to be carried out at its Saint-Malo site in Brittany), and CNN-MCO for a first phase of maintenance of five years, the company said in a statement Monday
The French government has signed a $2.3 billion F4-standard development contract for the Rafale fighter jets
Dassault Aviation has received a contract for the development of standard F4 version of the Rafale aircraft for an approximate 2 billion euros ($2.3B) from the French Air Force
The French Navy has received its first Rafale F3-R standard carrier version fighter jet. The first flight was made from the Landivisiau platform on December 17, 2018, at 16:15
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