Das­sault Rafale F4 launched

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On 20 March 2017, the French Min­is­ter for De­fence, JeanYves Le Drian, au­tho­rised de­vel­op­ment of the new Rafale F4 stan­dard. As early as 2023, a first ver­sion of the F4 stan­dard will fol­low the F3-R stan­dard, sched­uled for qual­i­fi­ca­tion in 2018. “I am de­lighted by the Min­is­ter for De­fence’s de­ci­sion. The F4 stan­dard will in­cor­po­rate op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence feed­back and en­able con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of the Rafale to be main­tained. It will re­in­force the na­tional skills and tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties es­sen­tial for pre­par­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion of com­bat air­craft”, stated Eric Trap­pier, Chair­man and CEO of Das­sault Avi­a­tion. “I am also de­lighted that the De­fence Min­istry un­der­lines the need to con­tinue with ac­qui­si­tion of the Rafale, be­yond the 4th tranche cur­rently in pro­duc­tion, in or­der pri­mar­ily to meet the needs of the French Air Force. Fi­nally, this ro­bust na­tional foun­da­tion will con­sti­tute a launch pad for our air­craft in fu­ture ex­port mar­kets.”

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