The French Air Force and Navy have declared the latest version of the Rafale fighter – the F-3R standard – as fully operational.
The two services announced the FOC (full operational capability) of the aircraft on March 8. Janes, this announcement will allow the French forces deployed with the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and in Jordan (as part of Op Chammal) to pilot the latest variant of the Rafale fighter.
The Rafale F3-R reached initial operational capability (IOC) in December 2019, while acceptance tests were carried out in 2020. Indian co-pilot.
India has purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, 11 of which have already been delivered to the Indian Air Force.
“The Air and Space Army is contributing to the rise of the Indian Air Force through the use of the Rafale. It was therefore natural that the Indian partners could realize the possibilities offered by the Talios Pod, ”a statement from the French Ministry of Defense said.
This first flight was carried out in September last year by the fighter and experimentation squadron of the Military Air Expertise Center (CEAM), whose core business consists of testing future equipment.
The Rafale F3-R
The Rafale is a twin-engine omnirole delta-wing duck-tailed fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform missions of air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, deep strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence.
F3-R’s latest addition brings significant avionics improvements, including the latest TALIOS long-range airborne targeting pod, combining targeting and reconnaissance into one plug-and-fight system on all fighters existing and future.
Another notable addition is the integration of the Meteor air-to-air missile beyond visual range and AASM Hammer precision-guided munition, giving it a major weapon improvement over previous standards.