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Dassault Rafale

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.

First flight was in July of 1986. The Rafale is built for both the French Air Force and for carrier-based operations in the French Navy. The Rafale has also been marketed for export to several countries, and was selected for use by the Indian Air Force, the Egyptian Air Force, the Qatar Air Force and the Hellenic Air Force.

The aircraft is available in three main variants:

  • Rafale C - single-seat land-based
  • Rafale B - two-seat land-based
  • Rafale M - single-seat carrier-based

Dassault Rafale C ... Single-seat, Land-based Variant

Dassault Rafale C (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale C ... Single-seat, Land-based Variant Dassault Rafale C ... Single-seat, Land-based Variant

Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale C ... Single-seat, Land-based Variant Dassault Rafale C ... Single-seat, Land-based Variant

Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale C
Dassault Rafale C

Dassault Rafale B ... Two-seat Land-based Variant

Two-seat Dassault Rafale B of the French Air Force (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Dassault Rafale B two-seater, 329, of the French Air Force
Two-seat Dassault Rafale B of the French Air Force

Dassault Rafale M ... The Carrier-based Variant

Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force

Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force

Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force

Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force

Tailhook on a Dassault Rafale M of the French Air Force