[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]Rafale for Switzerland, the Dassault program
Avia News , June 23[/FONT][/CENTER]
The industrial partnership:
The industrials of the consortium Rafale International - consisting of Dassault Aviation, Snecma (Safran Group) and Thales - MBDA and their subcontractors are able to offer to Switzerland an industrial and scientific cooperation for the benefit of all cantons [counties] . The offer is affecting the whole range of suppliers ie: the military with the Rafale, but also the civilian sector which includes programs for Falcon business jets, civilian engines CFM56 and avionics for Aircraft and helicopters.
Some elements of the Rafale are already built in Switzerland (cockpit windows, fuel tank and more recently additional elements of the radar Thales RBE2).
The offer includes the outsourcing of many structural components, final assembly and maintenance in Switzerland for all of the Rafale program and also research and development. The manufacture of weapons ( MICA missiles) is proposed and also the development of the helmet-mounted sight GERFAUT, are also concerned systems such as the system of self-protection SPECTRA and FSO.
France assures to Switzerland the access to all technologies used in the aircraft including development tools, source code and the most sensitive data.
Optimized for Switzerland:
According to Dassault, the Rafale is the aircraft best suited to our country, because as a neighbor collaboration with both military and industry are promoted. In addition, the latest version (F3 +) tested in Switzerland fulfilled 95% of the specifications and offers the following possibilities:
* Flight capability in "supercruise" mode.
* Short take-off distance.
* Prolonged range and capacity allowing long surveillance missions.
* Fast implementation including by soldiers of militia.
* Easy integration into structures already built.
Multisensor system proposed:
The proposed version of the Rafale for our country is the most recent available, the standard F3+ (sometimes identified F4) This version is not yet in service, but was ordered by the Air Force and Navy end-December 2009 for 60 copies. The aircraft features:
* AESA radar Thales RBE-2AA.
* System autoprotection SPECTRA.
* New generation FSO (Front Sector Optronic).
* Last generation link 16 (MIDS).
* NCW Data fusion system (Net Centric Warfare).
In terms of propulsion, it is not excluded that a more powerful version of SNECMA M-88 will be available (to be confirmed).
Cooperation for military training:
Switzerland is already training regularly with the French Air Force (air refueling and EPERVIER exercice) in the case of acquisition of the Rafale by our country, our pilots would also have flight simulators as well as several sectors of flight training inside the French territory. Moreover, the air base 113 Saint-Dizier would be open to our pilots.
Although not a favorite in early trials, the F3 + version has demonstrated its excellent capabilities and has perfectly fulfilled the specifications. In addition, Dassault people were able to conduct a remarkable campaign both on technical and interpersonal ground. The Rafale has today many assets that could very well help it to win the Swiss market!