Monday, December 8, 2014

Rafale M3 retrofit starts

[october 3rd, 2014] The Rafale M3 (last of the Rafale M F1 which weres stored at Landivisiau air base), is starting its retrofit to the F3 standard.





 The first to be retrofited, the M10 was delivered to the French Navy last October. According to the pictures of the plane, it was fitted with a PESA radar and its original missile warning System (ie, not the DDM-NG)



The last of the Rafale which will be retrofited is the M1, currently being used by the French flight test center(CEV)at the Istres Air base.

Source : Cols Bleus

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video : Nuclear strike with the Rafale

Follow the different steps of a Rafale flight during a nuclear strike :
  • Take off on alert
  • Air refueling
  • Low altitude, high speed penetration (300 ft/500 kt) using automatic terrain following
  • Engagement of ennemy aircrafts
  • ASMP-A nuclear missile firing

Monday, November 24, 2014

Last issue of Fox3 magazine available

The 18th issue of Fox 3, Dassault Rafale official magazine, is available here.

Qatar could buy 24 Rafale

Qatari Mirage 2000-5 © Kuray Tolonguc
Several sources in the French media report that Qatar would be close to buy 24 Rafale Fighter jets. Qatar is looking for a replacement of its 12 Mirage 2000-5 which are mainly air superiority fighters.

Sources :
Europe 1
Les Echos

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Friday, November 22, 2013

F3-R launched in 2013 ?

Seen in La Tribune...

Jean-Yves le Drian (French MoD) told La Tribune that he plans to launch the development of the future F3-R standard before the end of 2013.






Reminder :

A risk reduction contract was signed earlier, in December 2012, for the preliminary studies one this standard which will give the Rafale :
  • the Meteor ;
  • the PDL NG to replace the Damocles ;
  •  IFF mode 5/S ;
  • improved L16 ;
  • Spectra upgrades ;
  • Reco NG upgrades.
http://rafalenews.blogspot.fr/2012/10/future-rafale.html