Thursday, November 30, 2023

With the F4 standard, the Rafale becomes a new generation digital combat aircraft!

Entering service at the beginning of the 2000s, first in the French Navy then in the Air Force, the Rafale is today the spearhead of the French air forces, and it will remain so for several decades. several dozen devices remaining to be delivered , not even to mention the additional orders to come. Rafale this longevity on the one hand to the end of the Cold War, which stopped the usual pace of renewal of combat aircraft, but also and above all to its very design, which allows it to be updated. regularly, incrementally, without major structural modification.

For a year, the Air Force and the Navy have started to update their Rafale to the F3R standard, which includes a new active radar antenna (RBE2 AESA) from Thales, the very long-range METEOR aerial missile or the new generation TALIOS laser designation pod, which finally corrects the major flaws of the Damocles pod for short-range shots. In January 2019, however, even as the first Rafale F3Rs were delivered, the Minister of the Armed Forces officially launched the development of a major new Rafale , the F4.

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The open architecture of the F4 standard should simplify the integration of new capabilities, without waiting for F5. This could involve a new nuclear missile, laser-guided rockets, or even the opening of Point 3 under canopy for additional MICA.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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