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 F4 standard is based on 4 pillars: connectivity, engagement, detection and combating threats, availability,” Florence Parly, the Minister of Defense for France said during her visit to Dassault’s Mérignac plant Monday.
The F4 standard is part of RAFALE's continuous improvement approach, based on advances in technology and operational feedback. After the F1 standards (specific to the first Navy planes), F2 (air-to-ground and air-to-air capabilities), F3 and F3R (extended versatility), the F4 standard marks a new stage closer to fifth generation fighter aircraft, France is planning to develop with Germany.
Former Managing Director of Indias state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, Ashok Saxena feels the Indian government can still look into possibilities of signing a new contract to indigenously manufacture Rafales in an Inter-governmental agreement (IGA). Saxena, writing for
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
Rafales 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 Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to base the Dassault Rafale fighter jets, which it is expected to acquire from 2019, at its Hasimara air base near the Indo-Chinese border which currently plays host to a squadron of Su-30 fighter aircraft. The two front-line fighter aircraft of the IAF at the same base shows the strategic significance being attached to the Line of actual control, the border between the two Asian giants
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
A Dassault Mirage-1 fighter aircraft belonging to the Moroccan Air Force crashed in the northern region of Taounate on Monday. The fighter jet was on a training flight and crashed after a “technical breakdown,” Morocco world news reported Monday quoting General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces as saying
Thales, alongside Dassault Aviation and Safran, has been awarded a contract by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to develop the future onboard sensors and communication systems that will equip the F4 standard of the Rafale omni-role combat aircraft. In particular, Thales will prepare for the introduction of the CONTACT radio; secure, intelligent communications server technology; and a Syracuse IV satellite communications capability
The French government has signed a $2.3 billion F4-standard development contract for the Rafale fighter jets
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