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  1. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    Weapons integration update
    Today, Jean-Marc Tanguy learned us that the Armée de l'Air is experimenting single-pilot procedures for the GBU-24 with the Rafale.
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    This work should be finalized in the coming days.

    While some questioned the weapons integration works on Rafale, several articles in previous months revealed that GBU-49, AM-39, and GBU-24 integration were in fact quite advanced...

    So, both GBU should be in service or will be in a few days, and we are still waiting for the qualification firing of AM-39.


    Meanwhile, the Armée de l'Air talk about the first evaluation firing of the ASMP-A by a Rafale, after a 5 hours long flight, refueling, terrain following, etc. Successful, of course.



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    It is worth considering that while our first nuclear strike aircraft relied on 30 minutes of Mach 2 cruise to succeed, Mirage 2000N relied on terrain following, and Rafale improves this with a credible self-defence capability : while carrying its ASMP-A, Rafale still brings 6 Mica.
    Rafale News: Weapons integration update
     
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    France Eyes Sale of Missiles for U.S.-Made F-16 Fighters
    France's military procurement agency DGA is considering authorizing the sale by Sagem, a unit of French aerospace supplier Safran SA (SAF.FR), of its AASM air-to-ground missiles to equip the F-16 fighter made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) of the U.S., reports Les Echos, citing unnamed sources.

    It says the proposal is unlikely to please Dassault Aviation (AM.FR) which makes the Rafale multi-role combat aircraft that competes with the F-16.

    Sagem sells the AASM to foreign buyers in cooperation with MBDA, a missile maker whose shareholders include European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co NV (EAD.FR), BAE Systems PLC (BA.LN) and Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI).
    France Eyes Sale of Missiles for U.S.-Made F-16 Fighters -Report
     
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    Spanish and French Naval and air forces make joint exercices
    The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and the oil-tanker Meuse docked in Cartagena from 17 to 21 June, before beginning a series of maneuvers with the Spanish Navy and Air Force. This was the first time since his call to active duty in 2001, the Charles de Gaulle made a stopover in Spain.
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    Spanish delegation in front of a plane E2-C HawkEye. At bottom left, a fighter specializing in attacks at sea and ashore, SUPER-ETENDARD MODERNIZES. HE Ambassador of France, Bruno DELAYE. Armada: Fernando Zumalacárregui Luxan VA / CA FERREIRO Manuel SANCHEZ / CV Fernando MARTIN PAZ. Ejercito del Aire: Colonel Alberto Gallego GORDON. Against Admiral Bruno Deméocq / CV Olivier Lebas / Col Ludovic DUMONT

    France's ambassador to Spain, Bruno Delaye, visited
    aircraft carrier along with the cons-Admiral Deméocq Bruno, commander of the naval group. A visit to the aircraft carrier was organized for the press, Wednesday, June 20, and a cocktail on board, to which were invited many local and national personalities.

    The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle sailed Thursday, June 21 in the early hours of the morning to get into operational configuration. He has been joined by the frigate and the submarine that had stopped in the Balearics. The morning was devoted to the reconfiguration and operational preparedness trainings that began at 11:00. He was scheduled air raid attack on a British frigate which corsait off. Work combined with a frigate and a submarine Spanish was also performed.

    Finally, the Ambassador and the delegation were able to attend the catapulting of a deck that ran to an air combat exercise with the Spanish Air Force. The French Rafale have demonstrated through EUROFIGHTER Spanish had taken off from the airbase of Albacete in Castile-La Mancha. After over an hour of exercises, where the "debriefing" were reported very good results given the level of Spanish crews, was carried to "pick up" aircraft, that is to say, the procedures 'landing. These very complex maneuvers requiring extreme precision of the pilots to land on a platform that moves constantly and extra compact dimensions.
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    It seems DRDO's upcoming LRCM design was inspired by that ASMP-A standoff missile.

    Nice design though, especially side-mounted intakes (i like them).
     
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    FROM FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL JUNE 2011

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    PAF OFFICIALS HAD EVALUATED RAFALE
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    but they had rejected it
    REASON : it did not met our requirements [​IMG]
     
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    Awesome pics sir ! :respect:
     
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    nope but the real reason is that their economy can't sustain this much cost.
     
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    Air@Cosmos : First AESA-equipped Rafale will reach the French Air Force in September

    The first Rafale team-AESA radar RBE2 Active Phased Array should finally win the airbase 118 Mont-de-Marsan in mid-September, when it was initially expected earlier in the summer. A delay that could be partly justified by the need for prior ownership by the DGA Istres, before the aircraft will be paid for experimentation within the EC-5/330 "Silver Coast "Centre of military air experiences (EHIC).

    An experimental site operational approximately 18 months then will open to clear the performance of the new radar and draft the concepts of employment. With twice the range in air-air compared to RBE2-PESA, the'' EASA impose indeed to review some concepts of commitment, while anticipating the arrival of the future long-range missile Meteor which enable EASA to fully exploit the performance.

    The device in question - the C137 car - is being completed at Dassault Aviation, in Merignac. If the sensors will be well equipped aircraft of the future fourth generation unit (AESA radar, OSF-IT, DDM-NG), the Rafale is in fact a plane of the third tranche. But its equipment had been ordered under the contract "roadmap" of 2006, which financed most of the configuration of the fourth installment - essentially the EFSA - to support exports. The Air Force should continue to receive PESA radar equipped aircraft until the end about 2013, and declare an initial operational implementation of EASA early 2014.
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    PAF OFFICALS EVALUATED RAFALE

    But it rejected them
    REASON: they did not meet its requirements [​IMG]
     
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    RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2012:
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    DEBUNKING OF A RETARD CHINESE MEMBER'S SLANDER AGAINST RAFALE'S STEALTH
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    1) drop tank is not stealthy

    Ans:Rafale has a CFT config
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    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/dae/sponsors/sponsor_rafale/img/fox3_2.pdf

    2) Refueling probe is not stealthy

    Ans: Refueling probe is covered in RAM and angled for RCS reduction
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    3) partial S -duct is partially stealthy

    Ans:Rafale's kidney shaped Inlets & s duct hide the turbines as much as possible from frontal radar reflection & exposes very negliglbe turbine surface
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    4) IRST is not stealthy

    Ans:IRST surface is covered in gold shield which reflects very less radar energy.

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    5) Lack of RAM coating is not stealthy

    Ans:The entire surface of the plane is covered in RAM coating

    6)Rounded air ducts are not stealthy

    Ans:Air ducts are tucked under the fuselage which hide inlets from top down radar

    7) metal framed canopy & clear glass canopy is not stealthy
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    Ans:The internals of the cockpit are RCS shaped as well as the canopy containing gold and RAM coat on the mounts which reflects very less radar reflection
    Saint-Gobain Sully - France

    8)Round shielding to hide canard gap is not stealthy

    Ans: Canard roots are not rounded at all & those are part of spectra EW suite
    http://www.dassault-aviation.com/fi...teur/AUTRES_DOCS/Fox_three/Fox_Three_nr_1.pdf

    9) Round (non-shaped) nose is an excellent radar reflector

    Ans:Nose area is reduced by its very nature of less surface area roughly tringular in cross section, & has RAM coating & along with saw tooth pattern in it's surface.
    http://data3.primeportal.net/hangar/luc_colin4/rafale_m_enol/images/rafale_m_enol_040_of_108.jpg{/IMG]

    [B]10) Uneven underside is not stealthy[/B]
    Ans: it has RAM coating along with Saw tooth pattern covered in it's underside fuselarge
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    11)For Rest other points like
    a)flat pylon b)round sensor pod c)gap between airduct & fuselarge d)thick bridge between fuselarge & canard


    Ans:Rafale was not designed as 5th generation jet, RCS reduction effort was aimed at cancelling hot spots and IR signatures.
    but it has revolutionary SPECTRA EW suite along with the help of recently inducted RBE 2 aesa radar which can be easily used to do electronical jamming of enemy's radar waves either from AIR,SEA or LAND .which can make it survivable in facing future threats.
    THALES AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE:
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    http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/Documents/aerospace_pr_Rafale_press_kit_131109/

    plus you never know enclosed weapon pods may also be developed in future as it's still in sketches
     
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    FROM COMBAT AIRCRAFT MONTHLY AUGUST 2012
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    Successful firing of a laser guided AASM by a Rafale

    Source: http://www.opex360.com/2012/07/07/p...n-reussi-pour-laasm-a-guidage-terminal-laser/

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    After successful tests that took place in April, France's Direction Générale pour l'Armement succesfully carried out, on May 31st, in Cazaux, the first qualification launch of the new laser guided version of the AASM PGM, code-named SBU-64 Hammer.

    The target was the pile of a bridge, at a distance of 50km, with GPS coordinates that had been deliberately entered with a 50m offset from the real ones. With its algorithms for navigation, laser detection and terminal guidance, the Rafale-launched AASM was within one meter of its target, and adopted, before impact, a 20° angle of descent, as required by the operational scenario.

    Several hundred laser-guided AASM have already been ordered by the French Air Force and delivery should start before the end of the year.
     
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    Raytheon demonstrates WiPAK® (Wireless Paveway™ Avionics Kit) on French Navy RAFALE aircraft

    Raytheon Company successfully demonstrated a wireless method of integrating its combat-proven Enhanced Paveway™ II precision-guided bomb on the French Navy RAFALE aircraft. Called WiPAK®, the avionics kit enables integration of Paveway on a variety of aircraft without any modifications to aircraft wiring or changes to the flight and stores management software.

    "With WiPAK, warfighters can easily and quickly provide targeting information, employ Paveway and gain all the benefits of a GPS/INS guided smart weapon for a fraction of what it would cost to integrate weapons through traditional means," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems. "WiPAK uses wireless connectivity technology similar to what is being used in laptop and tablet computers."

    During the test, an Enhanced Paveway II GBU-49 was dropped from the RAFALE aircraft at the Biscarrosse test range in Southwestern France. The weapon system met all requirements during the demonstration and impacted the target well within the requirements.

    "Enhanced Paveway II GBU-49 has been in operation with the French Navy for more than six years on their Super Etendard Modernise. EPII was used extensively during Operation Harmattan in Libya," said Schulte. "The success of the SEM program led the French Navy to investigate adding the Enhanced Paveway II to their next generation RAFALE fighter."

    WiPAK consists of a small wireless transmitter, located in the aircraft cockpit coupled with a pilot interface, and a small receiver affixed to the Paveway weapon. The WiPAK allows the use of Raytheon's Enhanced Paveway II family of weapons on aircraft previously unable to carry such precision smart weapons. Raytheon's WiPAK is a combat proven system, used operationally on counterinsurgency aircraft. Raytheon is now testing and deploying the system on other similar aircraft as well as fighter jets.

    About Paveway
    Raytheon's Enhanced Paveway is a kit that transforms "dumb" bombs into precision dual-mode, GPS/INS and laser-guided "smart" munitions. The Paveway family of weapons is integrated on more than 17 aircraft in 42 countries. Raytheon has delivered more than 350,000 Paveway weapon kits.

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    Raytheon demonstrates WiPAK® (Wireless Paveway
     
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