Wednesday, April 18, 2012

AESA news...

The first production RBE-2 AESA has been delivered in February to Dassault Merignac (final assembly plant), and is installed on the C137 which should fly toward Mont-de-Marsan during this summer :
Neuilly-sur-Seine РIn February, Thales delivered the first series-produced RBE2 radar with active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the Dassault Aviation facility in M̩rignac, France. The radar will now be installed on Rafale C137, the first Rafale with this new capability, which is scheduled for delivery to the French defence procurement agency (DGA) this summer. A comprehensive three-month flight test programme conducted with the first production RBE2 AESA radar at the Istres air base demonstrated the qualities of the radar and confirmed the expected levels of performance prior to delivery to Dassault Aviation.
Source : Thales

This will be the first operational european fighter with such a radar.

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