Rafale can aim for eight targets at a time
There’s also a RBE2 passive electronically scanned radar developed by Thales on board. It has ‘look-down’ and ‘shoot-down’ abilities that can track up to eight targets at the same time, identify the threats and prioritise accordingly.
Rafale’s radar is more powerful that Su-30 MKI’s PESA Radar.
Rafale’s higher survivability
Rafale’s electronic warfare system, Spectra, is a Thales contribution as well. It’s equipped with solid state transmitter technology, a DAL laser warning receiver, missile warning, detection systems and jammers.
The ability for Spectra to combine the most effective defensive measures based on various combinations of its features gives Rafale a greater chance of surviving in hostile airspace than the Su-30 MKI.
Rafale’s being customised for the Indian Air Force
The Rafale fighter jets ordered by India are being customised for the Indian Air Force. They will have the ability to land and take off quickly from high altitude areas like the airbase in Leh.
IAF Rafales will also receive radar warnings to identify hostile tracking systems as well as a towed decoy system to throw off any incoming missile attacks.