Dassault Rafale C F.4.1 - Armeé De L´Air's renovated Death Angle

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Dassault Rafale C F.4.1 - Armeé De L´Air’s renovated Death Angle

Hi and welcome to my 24th suggestion, which is about the Dassault Rafale C F.4.1, hope you like it. :popcorn:

First of all:

  • This is a suggestion for an aircraft we could see in game at some point in the Future , that doesn´t mean next Patch or somewhere in the near Future
  • Feel free to share more Information and / or correct me if something is wrong
  • Discuss respectfully, any aggressive kind or verbal abuse will be reported, the Forum rules also apply here

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Background History

In 1977, the Armée de l’air took up the idea of a modern fighter aircraft, now to be put into service after 1990, under the project title Avion de Combat Tactique (ACT). The aim was to build on the ACF project and adopt the design as a twin-engine delta aircraft with fly-by-wire control. A year later, the Marine Nationale launched the Avion de Combat Marine (ACM) project to finally replace the F-8E(FN). In 1979 there was talk for the first time about merging the two French projects and the projects from Great Britain and Germany into one European project. All three companies involved – Dassault, MBB and BAe – each developed their own design for this European project.

In 1983 the EAP (Experimental Aircraft Program) prototype was presented, developed under the auspices of BAe and combining BAe’s ACA (Agile Combat Aircraft) design with MBB’s TKF90 design. Dassault, on the other hand, presented its own revised design in 1983 based on the ACT and ACM under the name Avion de Combat eXpérimental (ACX). Although the inability to agree on a design was already evidence of significant differences, two cooperation agreements for the development of a European Fighter Aircraft (EFA) were signed in late 1983 and late 1984 between Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. By this point, a few basic principles had been agreed upon: Canard delta design, two engines and Fly-by-Wire (FBW) control.

Despite this, it was still not possible to agree on uniform specifications or on the division of labor. France wanted a smaller, cheaper, multi-role fighter with strong short-takeoff capabilities that would be better suited to operations from the relatively small French carriers and should have better export prospects, while Germany and Great Britain wanted a fighter that was as capable and agile as possible.

In August 1985, the negotiations finally failed, whereupon the French Defense Minister at the time, Charles Hernu, announced that France would withdraw from the EFA program and develop the ACX on its own until it was ready for series production. The remaining four nations developed the EFA into today’s Eurofighter.

After the decision in 1987 to further develop the Rafale A into a series aircraft, the contract for development with an industrial consortium was signed on April 21, 1988. In addition to Dassault, this consisted of Thomson-CSF (today Thales Group) and Snecma (today Safran). For further testing, four near-series prototypes were built, which were equipped with extensive test instrumentation. The first to take off was the only Rafale C 01 airforce single-seat aircraft - a second prototype of the airforce single-seater was canceled - on May 19, 1991. On December 12, 1991 and November 8, 1993, respectively, the two naval single-seater prototypes Rafale M 01 and M 02 flew for the first time.

On April 30, 1993, the only airforce two-seater, the prototype Rafale B 01, took off for its maiden flight. In 1993 the first prototype of the RBE2 radar, which had been developed since 1989, was delivered.
In 1997, the flight test program ended and series production began. On December 4, 1998, the first series aircraft took off for its maiden flight, the two-seater B 301, in the presence of then Defense Minister Alain Richard.

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The Rafale C F.4.1 Overall

The Rafale C defines a baseline configuration for the Rafale family. The remarks below apply to the Rafale C, and are followed by descriptions of the other variants and their differences from the Rafale C.
It also features much more use of composite materials than the Rafale A, which reduced both the aircraft’s RCS and weight. It was relatively small for a twin-engine fighter, with an empty weight about 1,360 kilograms greater than that of a single-engine F-16C, and a maximum take-off weight about 4,535 kilograms greater.

Thanks to the F.4.1 standard, the Rafale C gets access to an further extended arsenal, modernizations, Software updates, new cockpit displays and for the first time in the Rafale family; the Scorpion HMCS.

The F.4 standard also brings LAM for Meteor; Third Party Missile Aircraft Link. This feature allows a Rafale to take over fire control over a Meteor fired by another Rafale. For example, a MICA or Meteor can be fired, which is then taken over by the wingman and slave the missile onto an opponent behind the launch aircraft.
Also new with this standard are new Jammers which are mounted on SP3 together with the additional MICA rails, as well as other technical innovations that are not relevant for us.

Armament of Rafale C F.4.1

The Rafale’s armament is expanded by almost every standard. The F.4.1 standard is one of the most modern and, brought many changes with it. In terms of armament, the MBDA Meteor, GBU-16, Mk.81 / 82 / 83 bombs and AM39 Block II Mod.2 AShM are available with this standard. But what is already there should not be underestimated.

Since the AASM is a guidance and range increase kit, it can come with multiple variants and different purpose fillers as each kit is mounted in front and behind a conventional 250 - 1000 kg bomb (HAMMER V1) or BLU-126 (HAMMER V4).

Side note: Four Meteor + four MICA is not possible as off now due technical limitations as off today, two Meteor + six MICA is the best missile config available.

Air-to-Air Missiles

  • 8x MICA IR
  • 8x MICA EM
  • 4x MBDA Meteor

Guided- / Dumb-Bombs

  • 6x AASM-GPS / -L / -IIR
  • 3x AASM-1000
  • 6x GBU-12
  • 4x GBU-16
  • 6x GBU-22
  • 3x GBU-24
  • 6x Mk.81
  • 6x Mk.82
  • 4x Mk.83

Air-to-Surface Missiles

  • 3x SCALP-EG
  • 1x AM39 Block II Mod.2

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Specifications, Electronics and Internal

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.27 m
  • Wingspan: 10.90 m
  • Height: 5.34 m
  • Wing area: 45.7 m^2
  • Empty weight: 9.850 kg
  • Loaded weight: 15.000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 24.500 kg
  • Powerplant: 2x SNECMA M88-2E4
    • Dry thrust: 50 kN
    • Thrust with afterburner: 75 kN
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.9
    • 1400 km/h at sea level
    • 2130 km/h at altitude
  • Service ceiling: 18.000 m
  • Rate of climb: 310 m/s
  • Wing loading:
    • Max.: 381 kg/m2
  • Thrust/weight:
    • Max.: 1.50
  • Maximum g-load: +9g / -3.2g

Learn more about the Dassault Rafale here:

Thanks for your time, hope you liked it :salute:
[Will add more if there are some (more) important / declassified things]
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Sources:

Links

Dassault Rafale - Wikipedia

https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/defense/rafale/introduction/

https://www.dassault-aviation.com/en/defense/rafale/specifications-and-performance-data/

Dassault Rafale vs. F-35: More than Just Selecting a Combat Aircraft - Politics Today

dassault rafale: Latest News & Videos, Photos about dassault rafale | The Economic Times - Page 1

Dassault Rafale

DASSAULT Rafale | SKYbrary Aviation Safety

Once Called A 'Cursed Aircraft', How Dassault Rafale Jets 'Rose From The Ashes' & Salvaged The French Pride

Caractéristiques du Dassault-Aviation Rafale M [in french]

Books / Other:
Eurofighter Typhoon & Dassault Rafale by Greg Goebel (2016)
Jane´s All the World´s Aircraft 2011 - 2012
Jane´s All the World´s Aircraft 2007 - 2008
Jane´s All the World´s Aircraft 2000 - 2001
Modern Fighter Aircraft - An Illustrated History of War Planes from 1945 to the Present Day by Francis Crosby (2004)
Canard Aeronautics & Rocket-Powered Aircrafts by Roselle Rosen and Gisele Fowlkes

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You ok ? XD

Rafale C F4.1 would be the Pinacle of French Aviation and pose a serious threat to all future planes coming to Top Tier with a versatile arsenal making it scary even for ground targets. Definitely a strong +1.
I read the intro quite fast so maybe i missed it but wouldn’t it be useful to mention the RBE2 AESA Radar + SPECTRE Protection suite + OSF and Scorpion HMD in this thread directly for a faster and easier comprehension of the plane instead of redirecting the people who visit this thread before the one on Rafale that you put in integration? (which already has many messages and would force newcomers to go back in the early parts of the thread to obtain answers to their questions)

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Until F.4.2 arrives, which also introduces the MICA NG into active service :D

I will consider updating the F.4.1 suggestions on that part.

Good thread about the F4 mate !

The F4 std also incluse a new IRST. While the specific about it are unknown, it was firstly developped for INDIA for their ISE (India Specific Enhancement for their Rafale) but now it’s taking place on the Rafale.
This IRST is last gen and we can expect wonderfull performance from it. (Probably around 70km+ for the front of a target and 100km + for the rear of a target).

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Also about the maximum air to air loadout, you can add that the Rafale can take 4 Meteor and 2 MICA aswell if wanted (i feeled like it wasn’t really clear on the post).

This is CGI but it shows where the missile would be on the Airframe

You could also maybe mention the fact that the Rafale was already capable since the F3 std to give target data to another Rafale (for example the 180° shot of a MICA). This is already somekind of rudimentary LAM. Or maybe you’re only talking about the Meteor LAM in case i misunderstood your main post.

Rudimentary LAM

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