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    #61
    Originally posted by moon_light
    Can you post the photo again, i can't see anything.
    No need to be too skeptical, Rafale should be able to do that since even F-16 can achieve similar speed with 3 fuel tank.
    From F-16 flight manual, each 600 gallons ( 2727.65L ) tanks on station 4/6 has drag index of 20 when nothing is carried on station 3/7 (no interference drag), with nonjetison pylon the total drag index is 28 for each
    , the centerline 300 gallons (1363L ) tank has drag index of 18, with pylon the drag index is 25. Wing tip missiles doesn't add to drag index.
    So totally, an F-16 with two wing tip AIM-120, two 600 gallons tanks and one 300 gallons tanks will have total drag index of 81



    F-16CJ with CFT and drag index of 100 can reach top speed of Mach 1.6 , it would not be too much of a stretch to say F-16 can reach Mach 1.7 with 3 tanks and no CFTs.

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      #62
      The Rafale international forum :
      http://rafale.freeforums.org/

      Rafale news blog :
      http://rafalenews.blogspot.com/

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        #63
        A couple of questions: wasn't "Tiger Meet" supposed to be the meeting of units having the tiger as amblem? and if yes, what does Flottille 11F has to do there? their amblem is a Sea Horse AFAIK

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          #64
          It goes back when they operated from the Clemenceau aircraft carrier which emblem is a Tiger.

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            #65
            Ah ok, not unit related in fact...

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              #66
              Can one of you rafale ooglers tell me what the empty weight on the M is and how much heavier it is than the C? Also it would be nice to have a source. Thanks much.

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                #67
                Rafale M

                Empty Weight: 10 196 kg or 22 478 lb

                from French navy site:

                http://ffaa.net/aircraft/rafale/caracteristiques.htm

                it is said to be about 500kg heavier than the C

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                  #68
                  Can one of you rafale ooglers tell me what the empty weight on the M is and how much heavier it is than the C? Also it would be nice to have a source. Thanks much.
                  < 10,500 Kg

                  Source :
                  http://www.defense.gouv.fr/content/d...2009-010-A.pdf

                  You have to do some maths based on the information provided by this crash report.

                  First you have the take off weight of the Rafale M22 : 20300 Kg

                  Then you have the complete loadout of the Rafale M22 at take off:
                  • 6700 Kg of F44 fuel = 6700 Kg
                  • 1 x equiped pilot = 90 Kg
                  • 2 x mica IRX = 224 Kg
                  • 2 x Mica EMX = 224 Kg
                  • 6 x 250 Kg exercice munitions = 1500 Kg
                  • 2 x RPL711 drop tanks = 240 Kg
                  • 2 x LM 3466 missile launchers (wing tip) = 114 Kg
                  • 2 x LM 3066 missile launchers (fuselage) = 122 Kg
                  • 2 x AT730 triple bomb adaptor > 240 Kg
                  • 2 x PU 708 Universal pylon > 240 Kg
                  • 2 x PE 156A2 Universal pylon > 260 Kg
                  • 30 Liters of H-537 hydraulic fluid =25.5 Kg
                  • 20 Liters of O-156 engine oil = 19.9 Kg
                  • 3 Liters of Coolanol 25R = 2.7 Kg


                  With all that you can estimate an empty weight of about 10,500 Kg (with engine oil, hydrolic/cooling fluids and the 2 wing tip missile launchers)
                  Note : I might have underestimated the weight of the Universal pylons and the triple bomb adaptor in my calculation as I have no solid source for their actual weight (heavier pylons would mean lighter empty weight)
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                    #69
                    Thank you kovy and toocool. As ever I cannot but be impressed by how much this tiny bird can lug around.

                    sincerely yours in oogling the dimpled one,
                    USS

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                      #70
                      https://www.livefistdefence.com/2017...r-cockpit.html

                      Nice read, although not much news.

                      Capt. Cassan, who says he has flown F/A-18s for three years and deems it a versatile multi-mission jet, says that when it comes to long range sensors, the Rafale still manages to see much better than what the Americans can see
                      I assume he flew the Hornet and not the SH... a pity...

                      Its almost a pleasure to trap at night. All weve got to do is align the vector instead of the mirror. With a wider HUD, landing is no longer the anxiety it used to be, says Capt. Cassan, the Landivisiau CO. With half of all Rafale M pilots qualified to night trap at sea, half of all current operations have shifted to after dark hours over Iraq and Syria.
                      Interesting...

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                        #71
                        We have mentioned here that Dassault was one of the 4 nominee at the NAA's collier trophy, the US aerospace recompense, for it's Advanced low-light enhanced vision system, the FalconEye...

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                          #72
                          Is there a document with a comprehensive breakdown of the total cost of the program to the French taxpayer? Something like an accounting of Research and Development Cost, Procurement Cost for the fleet (both money spent and projected to complete the program) and the cost of upgrades?
                          Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                            #73
                            Only 20 liters of engine oil? With two engines? My car seems to carry that much per engine..

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                              #74
                              Is there a document with a comprehensive breakdown of the total cost of the program to the French taxpayer? Something like an accounting of Research and Development Cost, Procurement Cost for the fleet (both money spent and projected to complete the program) and the cost of upgrades?
                              I think the only one you will get is that old one concerning 294 planes. Every updates till F3 were scheduled and included in it, until the one billion more value for the F3-R, neither the recently started F4. 2006 values here http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/12...asp#P409_12225 specially the suty cost 10,636 milliards d'euros, dont 8,803 milliards d'euros la charge de l'Etat

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                                #75
                                How is the new Franco German fighter going to be incorporated into discussion about Dassault ? Similar to the Euro fighter I guess.

                                Which means that the Dassault brand, will be seen as a 2nd tier , that builds only 4th and 4.5 gen aircraft. And im saying this as a stealth skeptic.

                                Dassault should think about stealth skinning and hiding the engines a little better , on at least one product line, otherwise they'll get taken to the cleaners by FC 31, F 35 and the UAE/Russian concept.

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                                  #76
                                  Rafale demonstrator flew back in 1986. about 1988 or 89 (not sure) they received new requirements, to incorporate stealth as much as possible into the design.. the whole fighter has been redesigned with low RCS in mind then. It looks similar, but there isn't a single part in common.

                                  They've been working on lots of things since then, and low RCS research is also part of it. About the next franco-german fighter, for now there's only teh intent to make something together between political leaders of today... it is still along way before a common set of requirements is decided, and even further away, the decision about who will make what

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                                    #77
                                    I think the only one you will get is that old one concerning 294 planes. Every updates till F3 were scheduled and included in it, until the one billion more value for the F3-R, neither the recently started F4. 2006 values here http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/12...asp#P409_12225 specially the suty cost 10,636 milliards d'euros, dont 8,803 milliards d'euros la charge de l'Etat
                                    Thanks. So how much total spent buying how many aircraft (state expenditure and not whatever the OEM may have put in) in say 2017 Euros? Is there any data file put together by french natsec analysts and/or media? Even a half baked effort that goes into each and every contract issued pertaining to the program (like the one done by the french analyst on the F-35) would work.
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                                    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                      #78
                                      Interesting topic that hasn't benn rehashed for years. I'll dig.
                                      In the meanwhile, in y memory, total schedule cost was 47 billion euros (1986 euro) for the originally scheduled number of planes (around 320, need to check)
                                      Industrials had to pay for 25% of development cost (40 billion francs). The eal as to refund those on exports.
                                      Cour des Comptes said the drift of costs was around 5%
                                      180 ordered, present target 286.... (250 own estimate, but number should vary greatly)
                                      numbers cited by Senate i linked above include VAT (20%). Dunno if it is of interest to you.
                                      In 2012, Senate estimated value of program : 44.2 billion euros for 286 planes.
                                      aka 112 miilion per plane (but i think it is without VAT)
                                      ADD F3R program (not originally scheduled, 1 billion dev).
                                      It is very difficult to assess present studies values (called PEA, Plan d'Etudes Amont) as they are financed by DGA more or less independantly.
                                      Values are generally given in then year dollar/franc, makin difficult to compute values.
                                      Maybe the best way to assess value of the program would be to check "programme 146) of every LPF (loi de programmation de finances) concerning the acquisition of hardware. program 144 about studies is interesting also albeit more or less secret.
                                      Add to that adaptations of the Combat system to nuclear missile ASMP/A which may (or not) be payed in the programme ...
                                      Mostly straight from my own memory. As said above, i'll try to dig.

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                                        #79
                                        Thanks. The reason I ask is because I happened to be involved in a discussion recently with a retired Royal Navy officer visiting the US, where he drew parallels between the F-22A and the USAF and the Rafale with the Arme de l'air. I certainly didn't know circa 2012, France intended on spending in excess of $50 Billion (as he put it) to close out the program before a comprehensive mid-life upgrade. Given the budget disparity between the two nations from that perspective (not that it is the best way to look at it) the program seems like the F-22 and B-2 rolled into one.
                                        Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                          #80
                                          Thanks. The reason I ask is because I happened to be involved in a discussion recently with a retired Royal Navy officer visiting the US, where he drew parallels between the F-22A and the USAF and the Rafale with the Arme de l'air. I certainly didn't know circa 2012, France intended on spending in excess of $50 Billion (as he put it) to close out the program before a comprehensive mid-life upgrade. Given the budget disparity between the two nations from that perspective (not that it is the best way to look at it) the program seems like the F-22 and B-2 rolled into one.
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                                          you are bsolutely right. Rafale program is very expensive considering french budget. However, it is allowed by two reasons : first is independance : ITAR free. Second is strategic, Rafale being one of our nuclear vector. All this due to international poisture as an independant nuclear power. However, you raised an interesting question, i'll keep digging for raw data

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