Edit : a heavy GBU-24 config has been added to the weapon load page.
As far as anti ship warfare is concerned, the first batch of AM-39 block II Exocet missiles will be delivered next month to the Rafale units. The missile is compatible with any Rafale F3, from the French Navy or Air Force.
Also in the pipeline are the "limited effect weapons" intended to be used close to urban areas. Several options are studied by the DGA :
- GBU with inert bodies which are already in use in Libya. This solution is seen as too heavy and costly though.
- Brimstones missile made by MBDA UK. This small laser guided missile carried in large number by RAF Tornados, has proved to be very effective in Libya. the DGA is seriously considered its integration on the Rafale (2 weeks ago, a French delegation visited MDBA UK to discuss the matter)
- Laser guided rockets that are being developped by Thales and would be carried on the Rafale 3rd wing hardpoint.
- LGTR (Laser Guided Training Round) are also studied for this task.
- 4 meteor
- 2 mica EM
- 2 Mica IR
- 3 RPL701 - 1250L tanks