PARIS, ($1=0.89 Euros) – Today, December 3, 2021, France and the United Arab Emirates signed a contract to supply 80 of the newest Rafale F4 fighters at once. This was reported by the press service of Dassault Aviation, which, however, did not disclose the cost of this contract and the delivery time of these aircraft. However, a source at BulgarianMilitary.com confirmed to the editorial office that the deal is worth $ 19 billion.
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The French have only said that the contract with the UAE will load Dassault Aviation’s capacity for several years to come, and this product will require the involvement of more than 400 defense companies in France.
It should be noted that if this contract is successfully implemented, the United Arab Emirates will become the largest foreign operator of the Rafale fighter, although initially there was talk of supplying a maximum of 60 aircraft of this type.
According to some estimates, France itself has up to 140 Rafale aircraft.
To date, Egypt has claimed the title of Rafal’s largest foreign operator, with 24 fighters of its kind and ordering another 30 such aircraft for a $ 5 billion loan in early May 2021.
It is also interesting that France has promised to sell the UAE the latest modification of this fighter – Rafale F4.
In March 2021, the French Air Force itself has just begun the transition to the Rafale F3R modification aircraft, the features of which Defense Express described in its publication.
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BulgarianMilitary.com reminds, that in May this year, the Directorate General for Armament [DGA] announced that the Rafale upgraded to the F4-1 standard had just carried out its first “readiness for use review” [RAU] campaign to test in a “realistic technical-operational framework” its new collaborative combat functionalities”.
As a reminder, the Rafale F4 will have, among other things, increased connectivity, enhanced cyber protection, and an RBE2 active antenna radar equipped with new features. In addition, its Rafale Fire Line Protection and Avoidance System [SPECTRA], as well as it’s OSF [frontal sector optronics], will benefit from the latest technological advances, just as the RECO NG nacelle will see its capabilities improved thanks to artificial intelligence. It is also a question of integrating a SCORPION helmet viewfinder.
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