With a lag of the U.S. for more than 10 years, the first European fighter received radar with active phased array antenna. October 2, Dassault handed defense procurement Agency (DGA) French first production aircraft Rafale (serial number S137), kitted out with radar RBE2 active phased.
The aircraft will be used in the test center CEAM French Air Force in Mont-de-Marsan for operational evaluation of new radars. Step flight tests programmke radar development was completed.
Serial deliveries to combat units will begin no earlier than mid-2013. As reported by Dassault, will be delivered before five or six aircraft Rafale radar RBE mechanically scanned.