But ths SH is a superior BVR platform as it is relevant in the quoted example...
I doubt that the SH should waited to come to visual range to detect a rafale. they are certainly talking about BVR...I hope for the SH otherwise I will have doubt over its radar capabilities !
I'm personally not a fan of the idea of calling it generation shifts when it's upgrades within the same plane type. Same mechanisms as in gender shifts, the doctor might shift some parts but the DNA is still there.That a totally different generation...
Spectra ECM is beyond doubt very good - possibly the best in Europe. However, I'm surprised that the US would expose the family jewels to the French as I'm told they are reluctant to use the full range of modes in training with allies. Were'nt they very suspicous of Rafales in red flag - even accusing them of electronically snooping ?
Also - would the French want to expose their hand ?
^^ "expose their hand"
The French have nothing to lose, they have a great fighter which builds on the experience of 50 years in fighter building, it is underestimated at times (I don't even get why) so they have something to prove, their pilots will use the fullest spectrum of the plane and will show that paper-stats are not more important than how the plane acts when in the air. I am in no way surprised that/if the Rafale "owns" every other fighter in the air, if it didn't it would be just as good as the Mirage-2000, but it has to be better, so naturally it will have an upper hand against all planes comparable to the Mirage-2000 and from the same age as the Mirage-2000. They have something to prove and it looks like they do.
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."
AFAIK theres various modes you can deploy - its not an all or nothing. You have to also bear in mind the potential effect of jamming on civil radar or exercise control radar, so you have to tailor it to the exercise.
Radars can also use various techniques to reduce the effect of jamming or deception - so they dont get used to their full potential in friendly engagements in case data falls into unfriendly hands.
Another rafale vs SH confrontation report from dassault fox 3 magazine.
No real detail but it seems that they have done some BVR:
The whole spectrum of combat missions was simulated, from self-escort strike to close air support, and from basic fighter manoeuvring to air-defence. For strike or close air support scenarios, we simulated attacks with loads of six AASM stand-off, fire-and-forget modular air-to-surface armaments, or six GBU-12 laserguided bombs, plus a full-up air-to-air load of Mica radar and infrared-guided missiles. On most missions, we had US Navy adversary units in Oceana or US Air Force fighters trying to oppose our ingress. That was very realistic training in a different environment for us.
Brazil, UAE , Kuwait ..not Switzerland ?
France is 'optimistic' about sale of Rafale to Brazil
PARIS, 16 dez 2009 (AFP) -PARIS, Dec. 16, 2009 (AFP)
French Defense Minister, Herve Morin, said he was "very optimistic" about the possibility to export the Rafale fighter jets, Dassault Aviation, a number of countries, including Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.
In an interview with French newspaper La Tribune, Morin said: "As you know, we have advanced discussions with United Arab Emirates, Brazil and also with other countries", and "I'm optimistic."
"In relation to Brazil, we work in a great confidence, because our relations are part of a larger strategic partnership for our countries."
"A contract of this scope does not end in a few weeks," said Morin, noting that it is "normal further discussions" with the Brazilian government.
Dassault competes with Boeing (F-18/Super Horn) and Sweden's Saab (Gripen) for the sale of 36 fighter jets to the FAB, in a deal valued at $ 7 billion.
.Although President Luiz Inįcio Lula da Silva expressed his preference for the Rafale, Brazil has not yet decided on the purchase of fighter planes.