French Rafale on the Teddy" ~ The special report of Rafale M F2's performance during the JTFEX exercise, 2008.
1. In Page 37, a photo shows a Rafale M of 12F flew with an F/A-18F from the Blacklions Squadron, the first frontline squadron of Superhornet Block II.
2. Rafale M F2 met with F/A-18E/F in several 1 v 1 BFM and 2 v 2 AA missions during the exercise. However, both sides didn't show their real and complete fighting capability to each other ~ US pilots didn't show the true capability of JHMCS + AIM-9X to French pilots, while 12F was also shy about showing the real capabilities of RBE2 radar, Spectra EWS, and FSO optronic systems.
3. A USN pilot's (Lt Mike Tremel, pilot of VFA-31 "Tomcatters") comments for Rafale M:
"A highly maneuverable fighter with an incredible capacity to point its nose in every direction in the sky."
"The French pilots seem to be happy to its flight performance and its modern cockpit design".
When asked if he would like to swap his Super hornet to a Rafale --> "No, I love my Super Bug way too much...."
4. A French pilot's (pilot of 12F) comments for F/A-18E:
"A great bombing aircraft, but not a fighter for dogfighting."
"Its acceleration capability in the high angle of incidence is not good."
"Rafale is definitely the more nimble one."
"However, F/A-18E has already equipped the JHMCS + AIM-9X, a combination of decisive edge in close-range encounters ~ Although the tactics to counter it have existed now."