French Air Force Rafale fighter armed first AFAR

French Air Force Rafale fighter armed first AFAR
Defense procurement agency (DGA) French Ministry of Defense received the first Rafale fighter drill mounted on it with radar with active phased array antenna. According to the agency, a military aircraft was delivered September 12, 2013. Double combat aircraft with tail number «B339» lately will be given RAF France in Mont-de-Marsan in the southwest of the country.

Delivery of the first experimental fighter with radar AFAR Air France first accomplished in October 2012. New radar was equipped with a single plane with tail number «C137». Then it was reported that the new combat aircraft became the first production Eurofighter, received radar with active phased array antenna.

By the time the true DGA situated orders for 180 fighter aircraft Rafale versions M (for the French Navy), also double and single B and C for the Air Force. By the time the true military was delivered 121 aircraft: 38 Rafale-M, 39 Rafale-B and 44 Rafale-C. Supply all acquired by the French military combat aircraft over the year 2023. In the coming years it is planned to begin renovations on the radar AFAR has supplied aircraft.

Installed on the Rafale fighter jet radar Thales RBE2-AESA with active phased array antenna. Unlike ordinary RBE2 passive phased array radars own new extended-range actions and increased to 10 years TBO. RBE2-AESA resettled new systems protect against electronic warfare.

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