In addition to those 1000 french Mica, more than 1000 has been exported to foreign Air forces (Qatar, Taiwan, Greece, EAU) and navies (Morocco, Oman).
The DGA also points out 3 interesting features of the MICA :
- It can be shot at a target behind the aircraft using third party initial designation through link 16.
- It has a internal multi target capability allowing each missile to optimize its detonation point in order to strike several targets in close formation at once.
- The IR version can be used as an IRST which can detect incoming enemy missiles in the front sector
To celebrate the event we have made a commemorative drawing showing the Rafale with an hypothetical load of 10 mica (6 EM and 4 IR) :)
This very powerfull warload will probably never be cleared because the 2 hardpoints in the center of the fuselage seems to have been definitely discarded for the Mica despite what was demonstrated on the Rafale A, 20 years ago.
|Rafale with a mica on the external wing hardpoint (Bourget 2009)|
Also read : Mica replacement into question
Source : French Air Force and DGA