Tag: Dassault Rafale

Croatia Signs Rafale Purchase

Croatia Signs Rafale Purchase

Two F3R Rafales flew over Zagreb after Croatian government had signed the purchase of new fighter jets for Croatian Air Force. This happened after Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and French President Emmanuel Macron had signed new Strategic Partnership Agreement and oversaw signing of the sale agreement for a Rafale squadron, which was signed by … Continue reading Croatia Signs Rafale Purchase

Commentary on the Rafale vs F-22 dogfight analysis

Commentary on the Rafale vs F-22 dogfight analysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQe2nOY6YA Video here is an analysis of the F-22 vs Rafale dogfight which happened in 2006. I will be providing additional commentary, which may help answer or clear up some questions. I am not however a pilot, but rather a military history enthusiast with additional interest in modern military. The two humps visible on lower … Continue reading Commentary on the Rafale vs F-22 dogfight analysis

Croatia to buy 12 used Rafale fighter jets

Croatia has decided to buy 12 used French Rafale fighter jets for 999 million Euros / 1,2 billion USD. Contract includes 10 single-seat Rafale C and 2 two-seat Rafale B. The twelve Rafale planes will will replace aging Russian-made MiG-21s which are almost past their service life, with expiry date in 2024. French offer was … Continue reading Croatia to buy 12 used Rafale fighter jets

Dassault Rafale vs Eurofighter Typhoon

Introduction This article will compare two medium-weight Eurocanards. Both aircraft trace their origins to a joint European project. In 1970s, France, Germany and United Kingdom realized a requirement for new fighter aircraft. By 1979, TKF-90 concept with cranked delta wing and close-coupled canard was developed. British engineers rejected thrust vectoring but agreed with overall concept. … Continue reading Dassault Rafale vs Eurofighter Typhoon

Dassault Rafale vs F-35

Introduction This article will compare Rafale C and F-35A. Both aircraft have similar, almost identical purposes: they are to replace most other fixed wing aircraft types in use by their respective air forces. Both have land-based and carrier versions. But there are major differences in actual approach, and in the final product. While Rafale's maneuverability … Continue reading Dassault Rafale vs F-35

Rafale vs F-35 dogfight performance

1) Rafale will not be entering dogfight with its full external load. Fuel tanks will be dropped, and all but wingtip missiles expended, prior to the merge. Empty hardpoints and wingtip missiles cause relatively minor drag penalty, one that cannot negate F-35s far higher baseline drag. 2) Performance penalty due to external carriage is only … Continue reading Rafale vs F-35 dogfight performance

Comparing modern fighter aircraft

Nature of air to air combat “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ---G. Santayana Fighter aircraft exist to destroy other aircraft, and allow other aircraft to carry out their missions without interference from enemy fighter aircraft. That being said, there exists a colloqial - and incorrect - use of term … Continue reading Comparing modern fighter aircraft

Dassault Rafale analysis

Dassault Rafale analysis

NOTE: Analysis of Rafale vs F-22 dogfight Airframe Airframe itself is common between Rafale C and Rafale M, and is designed for 16,5 g ultimate limit load. As 16,5 / 1,5 = 11, Rafale can pull 11 g maneuvers on a regular basis without shortening airframe life; this can be seen here (Rafale in video pulls … Continue reading Dassault Rafale analysis