Dassault has a new order for 42 Rafales fighters for the French Air Force

Aircraft have been designated as “tranche 5”, which will be developed with new collaborative combat capabilities

Dassault Aviation has clinched a significant order from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for 42 Rafale combat aircraft, designated as “tranche 5,” destined for the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace).

“We are ready and determined to use our skills as a prime contractor and complex systems integrator to serve the sovereignty of our nation. This military industrial sovereignty is an exception in Europe, ensuring the superiority of our combat aviation, bolstering diplomatic influence, and serving as an economic strength in export trade,” said Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Designed to evolve with successive standards, the Rafale is currently focusing on the development of Standard 4, with a particular emphasis on enhanced connectivity. Simultaneously, Standard 5, in the early stages of preparation, is poised to introduce new capabilities in collaborative combat.

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According to the French company, the Rafale fighter backlog currently stands at 211 aircraft, 141 of which are for export and 70 for France. At the end of 2022, Dassault had 164 firm orders for the fighter jet.

In 2023, 60 Rafale were ordered, 18 aircraft by Indonesia and the 42 now selected by the Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace.


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