Rafale deployment history

Four batches of Rafales have been ordered by the French armed forces to date. They comprise 13, 48, 59 and 60 aircraft, respectively — 132 Rafale Bs (two-seaters) and Cs (single-seaters) for the French Air and Space Force, and 48 Rafale Ms (single-seaters) for the French Navy. In January 2021, an additional batch of 12 Rafales was ordered by France to replace 12 aircraft sold to Greece.

While 325 Rafales fighters had been ordered (133 for export) and 239 delivered at the end of 2021, by 2022, there will be 453 Rafales on order (261 for export), once the UAE, Indonesia and Greece contracts come into effect.