Rafale

Formation of five Rafales making a flypast in 2006

Diagram showing the employment of different construction material
Specifications
Crew: 12
Length: 15.27 m (50.1 ft)
Wingspan: 10.80 m (35.4 ft)
Height: 5.34 m (17.5 ft)
Wing area: 45.7 m (492 ft)
Empty weight:
    C: 9,500 kilograms (21,000 lb)
    B: 9,770 kilograms (21,500 lb)
    M: 10,196 kilograms (22,480 lb[188])
Loaded weight: 14,016 kg (30,900 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 24,500 kg (C/D), 22,200 kg (M) (54,000 lb)
Powerplant: 2 Snecma M88-2 turbofans
Dry thrust: 50.04 kN (11,250 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 75.62 kN (17,000 lbf) each
Fuel capacity: 4,700 kg (10,360 lb) internal

Performance

Maximum speed:
High altitude: Mach 1.8 (1,912 km/h, 1,032 knots)
Low altitude: Mach 1.1 (1,390 km/h, 750 knots)
Range: 3,700+ km (2,000+ nmi)
Combat radius: 1,852+ km (1,000+ nmi)on penetration mission
Service ceiling: 15,235 m (50,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 304.8+ m/s (60,000+ ft/min)
Wing loading: 306 kg/m (62.8 lb/ft)
Thrust/weight: 0.988 (100% fuel, 2 EM A2A missile, 2 IR A2A missile) version M

Armament

Guns: 1 30 mm (1.18 in) GIAT 30/719B autocannon with 125 rounds
Hardpoints: 14 for Air Force versions (Rafale B/C), 13 for Navy version (Rafale M) with a capacity of 9,500 kg (21,000 lb) external fuel and ordnance and provisions to carry combinations of:

Missiles:

MBDA MICA IR or EM or Magic II and
MBDA Meteor air-to-air missiles in the future

Air-to-ground:
    MBDA Apache or
    Storm Shadow-SCALP EG or
    AASM-Hammer or
    GBU-12 Paveway II or GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II
    GBU-24 Paveway III
    AS-30L
Air-to-surface:
    AM 39-Exocet
Deterrence:
    ASMP-A nuclear missile
Other:
    Thales Damocles targeting pod
    AREOS (Airborne Recce Observation System)reconnaissance pod[190]
    up to 5 drop tanks
    The Rafale can also carry a buddy-buddy refuelling pod[60]

    Avionics

    Thales RBE2 radar
    Thales SPECTRA electronic warfare system.
    Thales/SAGEM-OSF Optronique Secteur Frontal infra-red search and track system.