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  • halloweene
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    • Jan 2012
    • 4350

    Originally posted by SpudmanWP View Post
    You also have to consider what is included as it can be as little as "just gas" to every item from gas, parts, pilot's wages, his lodging, future upgrades, etc.

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    i'm aware of that spud, but we have to do with available numbers (and ways to compute them).

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    • TomcatViP
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      • Nov 2011
      • 6107

      Following the recent deployment of a German Air Force A400M in Jordan configured for the first time as a Tanker, Rafale also based in Jordan got refueled from it (link in Fr):

      https://www.capital.fr/economie-poli...lemand-1345558

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      • BlackArcher
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        • Dec 2010
        • 4285






        RB001- the first IAF Rafale twin seater. Apparently 800 flights are contracted for till January 2021 to support pilot and technician training. My guess is that it also supports testing of the India-Specific Enhancements that were paid for separately as part of the 36 Rafale contract.

        First Indian Rafale at Merignac

        Last edited by BlackArcher; 30th July 2019, 18:29.

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        • BlackArcher
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Dec 2010
          • 4285

          Soon to be a familiar sight over India..freaking potent combo !

          Su-30MKI with Rafale jets during Exercise Varuna 2019.

















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          • TomcatViP
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            • Nov 2011
            • 6107

            I doubt that RB001 will have to be involved in any test flight. The training schedule already involves two flight on average per day. Not much time left to even download any "data".

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            • BlackArcher
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Dec 2010
              • 4285

              Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post
              I doubt that RB001 will have to be involved in any test flight. The training schedule already involves two flight on average per day. Not much time left to even download any "data".
              RB-008, which was the first IAF Rafale to fly, is the designated test aircraft. Will remain in France till the tests for India Specific Enhancements are all completed and then be the last Rafale to be handed over to the IAF.

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