Dassault Rafale M F.4.1 - Le Météore Amélioré De La Marine

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Dassault Rafale M F.4.1 - Le Météore Amélioré De La Marine

Hi and welcome to my 15th suggestion, which is about the Dassault Rafale M F.4.1 :popcorn:
After I already suggested other vehicles, the Flankers, the german Leopard ATD, Rafale M LF.1 & F.3R and now its time to continue suggesting the most important / relevant Rafale´s.

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
  • I don´t want to force Gaijin to rush Top-tier air in any way
  • Feel free to share more Data 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
  • I will add more Rafale M F.4.1 pictures once more arrive

Basic Background

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. 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.

In the Navy in particular, there were concerns about the availability of an adequate fighter aircraft: the F-8 Crusader had already been procured in the mid-1960s and could not be kept in service until 1993, while the Rafale would not be available until 1998 at the earliest . The Navy would therefore have preferred the procurement of the quickly available US McDonnell Douglas F/A-18.

However, this raised fears that a corresponding reduction in the number of units on the Rafale would make this project too expensive. Instead, therefore, some of the F-8 Crusaders and the Dassault Super Étendard were subjected to life extension and modernization. The F-8 could thus be used until 1999, which, however, still led to a gap of around two years in which hardly any fighter aircraft were available.

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The Rafale M F.4.1 Overall

The Rafale M is very similar to the Rafale C, the only really visible differences being taller, longer nose gear with catapult attachment fixtures, and fit of a stinger-type arresting hook under the tail. The Rafale M received a longer nose gear, which gave a nose-up attitude on the ground, in order to operate from aircraft Carriers. This specific gear is made by Bugatti.

The Rafale M required a much more formidable hook since a carrier jet snags the cable at full throttle in case the landing is a “bolter”, and the aircraft has to come around for another try. Other changes to the Rafale M included a stronger airframe and main gear to withstand “smackdown” landings on carriers; a built-in, power-operated pilot boarding ladder; a carrier microwave landing system that made landings much easier than with earlier french Carrier Aircraft. The modifications to the Rafale M added about 500 kilograms to its empty weight relative to the Rafale C. In the interests of commonality with other Rafale variants, the Rafale M did not have folding wings.

Thanks to the F.4.1 standard, the Rafale M 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 M 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 and Internal

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.3 m
  • Wingspan: 10.9 m
  • Height: 5.34 m
  • Wing area: 46.0 m2
  • Empty weight: 10.196 kg
  • Loaded weight: 14.000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 19.500 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 × 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: 16.763 m
  • Rate of climb: 305 m/s
  • Wing loading:
    • Min.: 224 kg/m²
    • Mid.: 322 kg/m²
    • Max.: 536 kg/m²
  • Thrust/weight:
    • Max.: 1,50
    • Min.: 0,62
  • 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

Le CEPA/10S expérimente le nouveau standard du Rafale Marine F4.1 | Ministère des Armées

Rafale Marine F4.1: in corso i collaudi della nuova configurazione del caccia della Marine Nationale - Aviation Report

https://www.airspace-review.com/2023/04/25/angkatan-laut-prancis-menguji-rafale-m-standar-f4-1-terbaru/

Avion de chasse Rafale au standard F4.1: des équipements dignes de Star Wars - Var-Matin

French Navy Tests Dassult Rafale Marine Fighter's Latest F4.1 Standard - MilitaryLeak.COM

DASSAULT RAFALE

Dassault-Aviation Rafale M [in french]

https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/rafale-multirole-combat-fighter/

FLIGHT TEST: Dassault Rafale - Rampant Rafale | News | Flight Global

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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Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon will be the top dogs before we step into stealth. Bring it ON!

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Don’t hope too hard m8 stealth would bring nothing to the game but a one sided, one nation exclusive advantage that would ruin any sense of balance this game may have. Therefore even if it is possible that F22 will come in the game at some point, stealth mechanics won’t be implemented with him IMO.

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Just a small point, the Rafale has been able to do that since at least 2007 when a Rafale was able to fire a MICA missile behing him and destroying a target at a range superior to the MAGIC2 thanks to information on the target that has been given by another Rafale.

Source

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(https://omnirole-rafale.com/armement/air-air/)

Has anyone heard about the future Rafale F5 standard RBE2-XG radar that is built on the purpose to make stealth plane and micro drones almost pointless?

It’s supposed to have a 70% range/power upgrade over the RBE2 AESA.
It’s not going to make stealth plane and micro drone pointless tho. It’s just going to help the Rafale to find stealthy with radar from further away.
For anti-stealth the Rafale has 2 things:

  • The Tragedac project: where the Transmitter is one Rafale and the Receiver is another Rafale far away.
    Since stealth (not counting RAM : Radar absorbant material) is about sending the radar wave recieved on the airplane in another direction of the transmitter (into the void) so the radar that send the radar wave don’t receive anything and so “see” nothing. That project has the goal to make the “shape” stealth useless.
    It’s not into service rn but in development. The main challenge is the transmision of data between the two aircraft. That’s also one of the “cloud” thing developted for the SCAF/ Rafale F5.

  • The FSO which with a new IRST (Rafale F4) and a new camera (Rafale F5) that is capable to find and generate firing data for target at up to 100km aways.
    With that you can do complete stealthy shot with a Mica IR NG at up to 100km (since you don’t activate your radar so the ennemy RWR doesn’t know you’re there), or an almost stealthy shot with a MICA EM NG / Meteor with active radar so the ennemy knows there is a missile on him 10 seconds before impact.

+1 <3 french power ^^

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+1 and here some more info from “dassaut aviation”

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