- Nov 29, 2010
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No, rafale hasn't yet been tested for being viable to launch off a ski jump.With news that Boeing has done ski jump tests with the Shornet and is offering it to India..
has the Rafale done ski jump tests of its own?
logistically speaking, should India acquire new aircraft for its carriers.. it should be either the Rafale or more MiG-29Ks
since they already operate the type.
I also thought they placed a ban on foreign systems or something this year
The larger issue is the fact that rafale doesn't fit on the lifts. Even though dassault has assured that it has a method of removing the wingtips every time the jet uses the lift(not sure how that would reduce its wingspan in any significant way), I'm not sure if such a solution would inspire any confidence in the indian navy.
Even the F18E/F will fit only by tilting it on its longitudnal axis. (stated by boeing)
Mig 29k folded wingspan - 26 ft
F-18E/F folded wingspan - 32 ft
Rafale fixed wingspan - 36 ft
thanks for the wingspan info
I wonder if the F-35C could squeeze in by angling it like the hornet.. its 29.8