The first batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation’s Merignac facility in France arrived in India. One of the world’s most powerful fighter jets will be inducted to the Indian Air Force’s Golden Arrows Squadron in Ambala. Engineering Insider explains what makes the Rafale fighter jets the most destructive, powerful flying machine in the world.
Rafale is a twin-jet combat aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation and is capable of carrying out a wide range of short and long-range missions. It can be used to perform ground and sea attacks, reconnaissance, high-accuracy strikes and nuclear strike deterrence.
The aircraft was developed for the French Navy and French Air Force.
The fighter aircraft was used in combat operations in various nations, including Afghanistan, Mali, Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Egypt, Qatar and India also ordered the aircraft.
Rafale combat aircraft was exhibited at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition in March 2019.
It’s a twin engine fighter aircraft
The Rafale fighter jet is powered by two M88-2 engines from SNECMA. Each engine provides a thrust of 75kN.
Rafale fighter jets can help each other out mid-air
The Rafale fighter jets are equipped with ‘buddy-buddy’ refueling that also one aircraft to lend its fuel to another while still in flight.
It can fire METEOR missiles to take out targets that are out of visual range
METEOR — a beyond visual range air to air missile — can take out enemy aircraft at a range of over 100 kilometers.
SCALP missiles can take out on-ground targets 300 kilometers away
Rafale can be equipped with SCALP missiles, a precision long range ground attack missile, capable of taking out targets within a radius of 300 kilometers.
And, carry six AASM missiles at a time
Each AASM missile has GPS and imaging infrared terminal guidance. It can accurately hit a target with an accuracy of 10 meters.
It has a holographic cockpit display
The fighter jet’s cockpit has been equipped with a display from Thales Avionique. The head-up, wide-angle holographic display manages the aircraft control data, mission data and firing cues.
Its multi-image display at head-level shows the tactical situation and sensor data from around the aircraft. Two lateral displays on either side show the aircraft’s systems and the mission data.
The pilot has his own helmet mounted sight and display aside from the main console.