We outfit countries that want to deploy a world-class air force. Our current aircraft are designed to adapt to constantly evolving threats and we’re already working on the next generation of combat aircraft.
Rafale, an omnirole fighter suited to all theaters of operation
The Rafale was designed from the ground up to handle all missions previously assigned to seven different types of aircraft. Furthermore, its scalable design makes upgrades easy. Building on feedback from the latest foreign deployments, French armed forces have now validated the development of the F-3R standard, which further bolsters the unrivaled versatility of the Rafale. Qualification of this standard is slated for mid-2018, with service entry in early 2019.
The modernization of the carrier-borne Rafale F1 reflects the same commitment to adapting the aircraft to evolving conflict situations. As of December 31, 2015, 145 Rafales had been delivered, logging some 170,000 hours in flight, including 25,000 in combat, in theaters including Afghanistan from 2007 to 2013, Libya in 2011, Mali since 2013, Iraq since 2014 and Syria since 2015.
The outstanding availability, versatility and effectiveness of Rafale fighters in these operations convinced first Egypt, then Qatar to place orders with Dassault Aviation for 24 Rafales each. The delivery of the first three Rafales to Egypt in 2015 kicked off this versatile fighter’s export career.
Keeping an eye on the oceans: Falcon 2000 MRA / MSA
This maritime reconnaissance version of the Falcon 2000 performs a wide range of missions, including the fight against piracy, trafficking and pollution, monitoring fisheries, search & rescue, intelligence, etc. It offers the best combination of size, payload capacity, speed, endurance and total cost of ownership, and features an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
Tomorrow’s combat aircraft: the drones are coming
The European combat drone demonstrator, nEUROn, has chalked up 123 test flights since 2012, confirming Dassault’s ability to efficiently manage a large-scale joint program, while meeting budgets and deadlines.
Facing off against different operational systems in France, Italy and Sweden, the nEUROn met all objectives for electromagnetic and infrared stealthiness. In September 2015 it released a bomb from its weapon bay – a first in Europe for a stealthy drone flying at high speed.
Towards 2030, unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV), remotely piloted or not, will complement the military aircraft now in service. The French and British governments chose Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems to conduct a feasibility study, to be finalized by the end of 2016. The two countries passed a new milestone in their collaboration in March 2016, with the scheduled launch in 2017 of the development of a full-scale operational demonstrator.
The MALE 2020 medium-altitude, long-endurance observation drone project is being coordinated by Dassault Aviation, Airbus Defence and Space and Alenia Aermacchi. In May 2015, we signed a statement of intent with the French, German and Italian governments that will initiate the design study.