EUROPE F3-R-STAN­DARD VARI­ANT OF THE RAFALE

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France’s De­fence Pro­cure­ment Agency, DGA, has ac­cepted the F3-R-stan­dard vari­ant of the Rafale com­bat air­craft. The F-3R stan­dard was launched in 2013 and fea­tures a range of soft­ware en­hance­ments that al­low for the in­te­gra­tion of the Me­teor BVRAAM and SBU-64 smart bombs. The en­hance­ments also im­prove the jet’s Spec­tra self-de­fence sys­tem pro­vided by Thales and give it a new Frien­dor-Foe in­ter­roga­tor/transpon­der with full Mode-5/Mode-S-com­pat­i­bil­ity. Di­ag­nos­tic im­prove­ments will make main­te­nance eas­ier and more cost-ef­fec­tive. Das­sault will shortly be­gin de­vel­op­ment of the F4­s­tan­dard Rafale, hav­ing com­pleted ini­tial fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for the pro­gramme

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