Dassault Rafale
1986
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Dassault Rafale

The Rafale ('Squall') was originally conceived in the early 1980s by Dassault as the ACX (Advanced Combat Experimental) to demonstrate technologies applicable to a French air force Jaguar replacement (ACT= Avions Combat Tactique) and a French navy Crusader and Super Etendard replacement (ACM= Avion de Combat Marine). The Rafale A technology demonstrator, powered by two General Electric F404 turbofans, was rolled out of the Saint-Cloud factory on 14 December 1985, and went supersonic on its first flight on 4 July 1986. In April 1987, the prototype demonstrated a series of approaches to the aircraft-carrier Clemenceau to establish the feasibility of carrier operations. In April 1989 the aircraft was laid-up for the substitution of a SNECMA M88-2 augmented turbofan in the port engine bay and flew in this configuration on 27 February 1990. The M88 is the selected engine for production versions of the Rafale.

3-View 
Dassault RafaleA three-view drawing (1638 x 924)


Specification 
 MODELRafale C
 ENGINE2 x SNECMA M88-2 turbofans, 7500kg
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight19500 kg42990 lb
    Empty weight9060 kg19974 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan10.9 m36 ft 9 in
    Length15.3 m50 ft 2 in
    Height5.34 m18 ft 6 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed2070 km/h1286 mph
 ARMAMENT1 x 30mm cannon, bombs and missiles on 14 hardpoints

Comments
Paul Scott, 23.06.2016

xwfxgwf - forgetting the French gleaned information from German Delta wing research, and of course, the Fairey Delta 2, they copied, as they also copied the sweep of the F100 Super Sabre? True, they have excelled independently after that, but that's all.

xwfxgwf, 24.03.2014

Err. France give delta research. Then they came out. EF2000 != Rafale. On any point. Even the role of the plane.

Typhoon, 02.11.2013

Well done France for pulling out of the Eurofighter project and using everyone elses research to rpoduce this aircraft

SAL, 01.11.2012

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS AIRCRAFT WAS EVER TESTED IN THE SKIES OVER THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH GEORGIA IN THE LAST FEW YEARS?

mclovin, 08.05.2011

i think this thing pwned the f-22 once in an exercise in nevada. way to go, france!

David Munroe, 22.12.2010

How I agree with Paul. Well done France. Again!! Now, if Britain had not pulled out of the aircraft carriers planned, there would be 4 nuclear powered carriers for Europe, and if all equipped with Rafale, what a force. I just wonder how many British politicians made money from USA to destroy the co-operation?

hervé, 01.06.2010

Bonjour.
Désolé, je ne parle pas anglais.
Passionné d’aéromodélisme, je cherche des plans du rafale pour en faire une maquette volante de 70 cm environ.
Savez-vous ou je pourrais m’en procurer ?
Merci d’avance.
Cordialement.

rvetmarie@gmail.com

paul scott, 17.08.2009

Well done France for sticking to your guns and coming up with an aircraft independently as your prowess deserves. A pity the UK government hasn't acted like this since the 1960's.

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