Tag: Rafale

Croatian Pilots to Start Training for Rafales

Croatian Pilots to Start Training for Rafales

French instructors have finished selection of pilots of Croatian Air Force who will, in a year's time, transfer to France for training on Rafale F3R fighter jets, some of the best in the world. Rafale procurement is the single greatest budgetary item in Croatian defense budget, worth 999 million Euros, and will likely be signed … Continue reading Croatian Pilots to Start Training for Rafales

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 Saab Gripen

Introduction Dassault Rafale and Saab Gripen are both multirole fighter aircraft of canard-delta configuration produced in Europe. Rafale was designed to replace seven different aircraft previously in French service, while Gripen was designed for guerilla warfare against a superior enemy. This comparison will use Gripen C. Air-to-air performance Impact on pilot's skill Most important factors … Continue reading Dassault Rafale vs Saab Gripen

A fighter for Canada

Introduction Canada is a Western country that at the first look has most at common with Russia. It is huge, but vast majority of its population is concentrated in a narrow swath of land to the south, near the US-Canadian border. It borders United States to the south and west, while to the east is … Continue reading A fighter for Canada

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

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

On Rafale vs F-22 BFM

Analysis of dogfight on History and War in response to a Youtube video First, I will note this comment: http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/article.php?article=raptor-rules-the-desert-roost&section=defence "During an official press conference the commanding officer of the French Rafale detachment at Al Dhafra, Colonel Fabrice Glandclaudron, claimed that in six within-visual-range ‘dogfight’ engagements with the F-22A, only one resulted in the virtual … Continue reading On Rafale vs F-22 BFM

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