Rafale bags Euro AESA bragging rights

Bravo to Dassault and Thales, who have today delivered the first Rafale equipped with a production example of the latter’s RBE2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

To enter French air force service around mid-2013, single-seat aircraft C137 is the first European fighter to be delivered with an AESA array (file image from Thales, below), as similar sensors for the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen remain in the development or flight test phases. I think we can expect our French friends to make great play of that fact when trying to drive through exports of the “omnirole” Rafale in places like India and Brazil.

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