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Omnirole by design

French Air Force Rafale B and C

French Air Force Rafale B and C. © Dassault Aviation

When the RAFALE programme was launched, the French Air Force and French Navy published a joint requirement for an omnirole aircraft that would have to replace the seven types of combat aircraft then in operation.

The new aircraft would have to be able to carry out a very wide range of missions:

- Air-defence / air-superiority,

- Anti-Access/Aera Denial,

- Reconnaissance,

- Close air support,

- Dynamic Targeting,

- Air-to-ground precision strike / interdiction,

- Anti-ship attacks,

- Nuclear deterrence,

- buddy-buddy refuelling.

These requirements were taken into account from the start of the RAFALE’s development, leading engineers to invent an aircraft which goes beyond the needs of each type of mission.

Versatile and best in all categories of missions, the RAFALE is a true “Force Multiplier”.

The RAFALE has exhibited a remarkable survivability rate during the latest French Air Force and Navy operations, thanks to an optimized airframe and to a wide range of smart and discrete sensors. It is slated to be the French armed forces prime combat aircraft until 2040 at least.