The interview reveals that the C137 will not keep its array : it will be unplugged to equip a two seater.
Interesting points (though only little is really new) :
- range doubled (to about 200 km), compatible with the Meteor ;
- submetric SAR imagery ;
- eased maintainability ;
- independent modules allow to assign them to different tasks ;
- softwares automatically recognize the array which is totally plug-and-play ;
- only 5 to 6 hours to unplug and re-plug the AESA array on another Rafale (even a PESA) ;
- a few AESA per squadron may be enough, provided we use them for air superiority for example (AESA flying ahead, PESA behind...).
PS : enjoy the beautiful pictures by A. Février here.