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Rafale B  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 116
Unitary Cost: USD$80 million
Origin: France
Corporations: Dassault-Aviation
Parent System: Rafale
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 228
Total Cost: USD$15 billion
Family Members: Rafale C and Rafale M
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  Maneuverability 9.0
  Payload 8.0
  Performance 8.0
  Range 8.0
  Speed 8.0
  Survivability 9.0
Description: The Rafale is a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft designed to provide improved survivability, lethality, availability and maintainability over current Mirage 2000 aircraft. The Rafale aircraft family will be operational well into the 21st century, beyond 2040. It will be able to accommodate all the current weaponry of the French Armed Forces inventory, as well as munitions available in the future. The Rafale aircraft will perform air defense, surface attack, nuclear deterrent, and reconnaissance missions with minor changes on the airframe. The Rafale aircraft will be available in three 3 models: Rafale M for carrier based operations, and Rafale B and C for conventional airfield based operations. They will replace up to six aircraft types within the French Armed Forces (Super Etendard, Crusader, Mirage F1, Jaguar, Mirage IV, and early Mirage 2000). The Rafale aircraft were delivered in the Standard F1 comprising air-to-air capabilities. The F2 standard available since 2005 adds air-to-ground capabilities. Standard F3, the last one, available in 2007 allows the use of nuclear weapons aboard the Rafale aircraft.

The Rafale's survivability concept is achieved through the low-observability concept (no-stealth concept) that comprises integrated countermeasures system (Spectra), two engines, reduced or discreet IR and radar signatures, advanced integrated electro-optical sensors (Rafale FSO) and an electronically scanned array radar (RBE2) providing advanced capabilities. In addition, latest generation weapons will allow the Rafale aircraft to operate from standoff ranges. The use of pods is requested for air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions being available Damocles targeting pod, Recce NG reconnaissance pod, and NAVFLIR navigation pod. The Rafale's weapon options comprises a built-in 30mm gun, Mica air-to-air missiles, Exocet, Apache, ASMP, and Scalp EG air-to-surface missiles as well as Paveway II and BGL bombs. In the future the Rafale could incorporate the AASM, ASMP-A, ANF, and Meteor missiles improving its air-to-air and air-to-surface performance.

The two-seat Rafale B has been designed to perform precision ground attack, reconnaissance and nuclear strike missions. It will replace current Jaguar, Mirage F1, Mirage IV and Mirage 2000N aircraft. The French Air Force requires up to 139 Rafale Bs through 2019 to replace aging aircraft. The Rafale B is scheduled to achieve IOC in 2006.

On September 24, 2004, the French Ministry of Defense awarded a €3.1 billion multiyear contract for 59 Rafale aircraft to an industry team comprising Dassault Aviation (€1.5 billion), Snecma (€600 million), Thales (€500 million), MBDA and Sagem. The Rafale aircraft ordered by the French Armed Forces will be furnished following the multi-role standard F3 specifications. Deliveries are expected to begin in June 2008 and will continue through January 2012. Under the terms of the multiyear contract, the French Air Force will receive 36 twin-seat Rafale Bs replacing aging Mirage F1 and Jaguar aircraft. French Minister of Defense, Alliot-Marie, announced that the third batch of Rafale, comprising 59 aircraft, turn into firm order on December 6, 3004, during a speech at the French Senate about Defense budget. The Rafale first batch contract was awarded in 1994 and was set for 13 aircraft. The second order was awarded in 1999 for 48 aircraft. The third order was announced in September 2004 consisting of 59 aircraft and 118 engines. The total number of Rafale ordered for the French armed forces now stands at 120 units.

Rafale B Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Height: 5.34 meter (17.5 foot)
Length: 15.3 meter (50 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Wingspan: 10.9 meter (35.8 foot)
Performance
Max Range: 1,900 kilometer (1,026 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 598 mps (2,153 kph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 3 hour
Weight
Empty Weight: 10,000 kilogram (22,046 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 34,000 pound (15,422 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 24,500 kilogram (54,012 pound)
Payload: 9,500 kilogram (20,944 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Rafale B News

There are 34 news between
17 Feb 2004 and 8 Apr 2017
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Saturday, April 8, 2017India Might Buy 16 MiG-29Ns from Malaysia
Wednesday, March 22, 2017French Air Force Developing Rafale F4 Standard by 2023
Wednesday, November 23, 2016Indian Air Force Rafale Jets to Feature Mica, Meteor and Scalp EG Missiles
Friday, September 23, 2016India Signs Final Agreement for 36 Rafale Jets to be Delivered from 2019
Monday, July 20, 2015Egyptian Air Force Takes Delivery of its First Three Rafale B Jets
Monday, May 4, 2015Qatar Signs Deal for up to 36 Rafale Multirole Combat Aircraft
Thursday, April 30, 2015Meteor Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile Successfully Fired from Rafale
Qatar Air Force to Buy 24 Rafale Multirole Jets
Friday, April 10, 2015Indian Air Force May Purchase Only 60 Rafale Combat Aircraft
India Orders 36 Rafale Jets Under an Urgent Requirement

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Egypt16
Aircraft ordered in February 2015
YearHoldings
Jul 20153
France68
The French Air Force original plans called for the procurement of 139 aircraft but that figure could be slashed to only 68 by 2020.
YearHoldings
201768
201662
201552
201442
Sep 2013121all models, the 121th was the first equipped with AESA radar
India8
The deal for 126 aircraft was cancelled in February 2015 after three years of negotiations. In April 2015 India ordered 36 under an urgent operational request. The final agreement for 36 jets was signed in September 2016.
Qatar24
Aircraft ordered in May 2015 (24)

Grand Total 1164
Cannons & Gear
30 M 791x1
TopSightx2
Defensive Weapons
AASM 1000
AASM 125
AASM 250
AASM 500
AASM IR
AASM Laser
BGL 1000
BGL 250
BGL 400
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
Mica IR
Mica RF
Offensive Weapons
AM39 Exocet Block 2
ANF
Apache AP
Apache IZ
AS30L
ASMP
ASMP A
Storm Shadow
Propulsion Systems
M88-2x2
M88-3x2
Protection Systems
DDMx1
DDM NGx1
Spectrax1
Sensor Systems
Damoclesx1
PDL NGx1
FSOx1
NAVFLIRx1
RBE2x1
RBE2-AAx1
Reco NGx1
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