Dassault’s MMRCA Triumph Means Big Bucks For Thales
12:00 AM, February 3, 2012
Dassault’s MMRCA feat means big for Thales Avionics, which equips the Rafale combat
aircraft with the Thales RBE2 radar and other systems. Meaning Thales will account for
approximately one third of the total value of each of the 126 aircrafts that is supplied to
India as part of the MMRCA deal. Last year, Thales announced that it is currently working on an RBE2 active electronically
scanned array (AESA) variant that has been validated on the Rafale Aircraft. This announcement followed a three-month flight test program with an RBE2 AESA-
equipped Rafale. During the test program, Dassault Aviation confirmed that all aspects of
the radar's performance complied with the technical specifications of the French defense
procurement agency (DGA). Besides Thales, the Spectra electronic warfare system for the Rafale provides identification,
location, jamming, and decoying against an extensive range of electromagnetic, infra-red,
and laser threats. Thales is the prime producer and integrator of Spectra. Thales also manufacturers the Damocles multi-function targeting pod. Damocles gives the
Rafale day and night, all-weather, laser-guided weapon capabilities. According to Thales,
Damocles' powerful laser and high resolution imagery provide the aircraft with a long stand-
off range and tactical ground and air defense system survivability.
The 18-month long negotiations between Dassault and India over the Rafale MMRCA deal may be heading to a conclusion, if information pieced together from various sources is to be believed.
On the Indian Air Forces...
Dassault is one step closer to signing the MMRCA contract with India after it delivered the first Rafale fighter aircraft in the Lot-4 production to the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) last week.