The French government has signed a $2.3 billion F4-standard development contract for the Rafale fighter jets.
France also approved a proposal to include some F4 functionalities to the last 28 of 180 Rafale aircraft it has on order. The deliveries of these aircraft to the French air force will begin from 2023.
The French Air Force plans to order additional 30 F4 standard Rafale aircraft in 2023 and will be delivered between 2027 and 2030, Florence Parly, the French Defense Minister said Tuesday.
The F4 standard will include upgraded radar sensors and front-sector optronics, as well as improved capabilities in the helmet-mounted display. It will have new weapons — notably MBDA’s Mica NG air-to-air missile and the 1,000-kilogram AASM air-to-ground modular weapon — and be able to carry the new Scalp missiles. It will also be equipped with the Talios multifunction optronic pod made by Thales.
The Rafale F4 will feature connectivity solutions to improve the aircraft’s effectiveness in network-centric warfare. “We’ll be able to receive more data, strengthen our data rate, talk, receive, notably thanks to satellite communication and software-defined radio: the Rafale F4 will move even further into the era of data,” Parly said.
Four batches of 13, 48, 59 and 60 Rafale aircraft had been ordered by the French MoD, totaling 132 aircraft for the French Air Force (63 Rafale B two-seaters and 69 Rafale C single-seaters) and 48 Rafale M naval single-seaters for the French Navy.
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
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
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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
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
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