|Lift type||Fixed wing|
|Final assembly||Bordeaux (Merignac)|
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Omnirole, delta wing combat aircraft with twin turbofan engines.
70% of the wetted area is made from composites. 50% of the fuselage is manufactured from carbon fibre with side skins of aluminium-lithium alloy. The wings - swept-back, delta wings with close-coupled fully moving canards—are predominantly composites with titanium slats, Kevlar wing root and tip fairings. The single vertical tail fin is carbon fibre with honeycomb core in rudder. Engine and wheel doors are also carbon fibre.
Single pilot in Rafale C/M plus weapons system officer in Rafale B seated in 29 degree reclined ejection seats. Glass cockpit is fully digital and features side-opening hinged canopy coated in gold. Pilot faces digital display of two square multifunction LCD screens plus third wide angle head level display, with HOTAS controls, side-stick controller on right and throttle on left.
|Variant||Launch/First flight||Production end|
|Dassault Rafale B||1982 / 1986||Two-seater variant, being developed to accomodate single-pilot combat capability.|
|Dassault Rafale C||1986 / 1991||Single-seat combat version for French Air Force.|
|Dassault Rafale M||1998 / 2001||Single-seat, carrier-borne version of Rafale C.|
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|Materials||Adhesives (1) Composites (2) Lubricants (1)|
|Components||Bearings (2) Electrical Components (1) Electrical/Electronic Connectors (1) Fasteners (3) Mechanical Components (2) Sensors, Transducers & Detectors (2) Structural Components (4) Valves (1)|
|Airframe Systems||Airframe Assemblies (2) Crew Seating (1) Environmental Systems (2) Fluid Power (2) Landing Assemblies (1) Oxygen Systems & Equipment (1) Safety & Security Systems (2) Weapons Systems (2)|
|Avionics||Avionic Components (1) Flight and Data Management (2) Imaging and Visual Systems (1) Indicators and Instruments (2) Navigation Aids (Airborne) (1)|
|Power Systems||Auxiliary Power (1) Electrical Power Systems (1) Engine Components (4) Engines (1) Fuel Systems (2) Power Transmission (1)|
|Production||Production Equipment (1) Tools (2)|
|Testing||Test Equipment (1)|