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- Feb 12, 2010
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It's only a batch of 4 among the indian order of 36.It would be nice if it could be 40 or 400 instead of a paltry 4 - since the F-35 is now charging ahead for 3000 airframes...
The final four of 18 Rafale fighters needed to complete the IAF’s No 17 ‘Golden Arrow’ Squadron at Ambala AFS arrived in India on 21 April. Delivery of 18 additional aircraft to equip the IAF’s second Rafale [squadron] is expected to begin within the next few weeks. (Via Embassy of India in France)
Nice to see the Rafale selling so well. It took the best part of two decades to happen, but now it's under way.
May 04, 2021 - The Arab Republic of Egypt has decided to purchase an additional 30 Rafale to equip its Air Force.
At the beginning of the Rafale programme it was a one engined (Rapace program, 1979)Nice to see the Rafale selling so well. It took the best part of two decades to happen, but now it's under way.
I remember for a decade, there were all these articles about why the Rafale isnt selling and has no exports
and would end up being like the Viggen.
in the end it got quite a few customers.
that said, I wonder how well if it sold had it been a lighter single engined fighter.
rather than compete with Eurofighter, it would compete with Gripen. France always made really popular single engined aircraft
i imagine a single engined rafale would look like this
At that time, the successor to the M53 was to be the 12T thrust DEXTRE engine (old reading of an issue of Air & Cosmos or Aviation Magazine from this period). But in the end, the choice turned towards a twin-jet engine and the M88 of 7.5T of thrust (even if with DEXTRE technology).You learn something every day ! Thanks a lot for sharing that. Blew my mind.
Well, one thing is sure: there is still a LOT to be learned and discovered about the 4000-ACX-Rafale transition era; from 1977 to 1985.
I was aware of the Novi Avion, Mirage 4000, early 4000-Rafale hybrid with the different, "not-Mirage-anymore-intakes"; but RAPACE, now that's whole new to me.
When you think about it... Typhoon immediate ancestor - BAe P.110 - also had a little brother called P.106 that is loosely related to early Grippen history.
Well, that's RAPACE is exactly the same thing: RAFALE's very own P.106. How about that.
It also makes the single-engine Mirage 2000 more relevant to the 4000-ACX-Rafale transition era...
It never dawned on me that Dassault could have studied single-engine Rafale variants that were not Novi Avion (LMAO).