Dassault has delivered the primary new Rafale to its home buyer since 2018, with the switch of the mannequin B fighter to the French air drive.
The usual F3R plane – tail quantity B359 – was acquired by the French DGA protection procurement company on the Merignac Dassault website on 29 December 2022. This plane was drawn from a 60 plane contract, “stage 4” positioned in 2009.
“This occasion marks the resumption of Rafale deliveries to France after a four-year hiatus,” stated Dassault. Its manufacturing actions have been devoted to delivering fight plane to export clients together with Egypt, India and Qatar.
“One other 27 Rafales will nonetheless be delivered for stage 4, plus the 12 ordered by France in 2021 to switch the 12 plane offered to Greece,” Dassault stated.
The corporate introduced in March 2022 that it could enhance manufacturing of its Rafale to a few per thirty days by the center of the last decade, after securing massive new orders from Indonesia (42) and the United Arab Emirates (80).
Airframer delivered 14 Rafales in 2022; discount from the earlier 25 years.
In the meantime, the producer stated it could obtain a part 5 order from Paris throughout 2023. This had beforehand been projected to cowl manufacturing of 42 plane.