France's Rafale fighter jet approved for key upgrades
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PARIS – France has given the green light for development work to upgrade the Rafale to a new F4 standard, drawing on lessons learned in combat missions and to boost the fighter jet's performance in a network, the defense ministry said.
"The defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, decided at the March 20 ministerial investment committee to authorize the launch of work on development of a new F4 standard of the Rafale fighter," the ministry said in a March 22 statement.
Dassault Aviation, the prime contractor, welcomed the decision, which would improve the Rafale's performance and help export efforts.
Over time, the Rafale F4 will replace the single-engine Mirage 2000 and allow the French Air Force to fly an all-Rafale fleet.
"This new standard is in pursuit of the continuous evolution of this aircraft, which will gradually make up the whole fleet of manned French combat aircraft," the ministry said. Fresh orders will also be placed for more Rafales in the next multiyear budget law.
France has so far ordered 180 Rafales of the planned total fleet of 225 of the twin-engine fighters, with deliveries of a batch of 28 aircraft due to start in 2021.
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