Language: DE EN


The Rafale – which can be translated from the French as either "gust of wind" or "burst of fire" – is a twin-engine multirole fighter aircraft built by French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, and which made its maiden flight in 1986. Available as a land and carrier-based version, it is one of Europe's most modern fighters.

After France decided not to proceed with the Eurofighter project in 1985, it went ahead with its own development programme and the Rafale was developed and built almost entirely in France. The French armed forces were the first and are still by far the biggest operators of the aircraft, but in 2015 the Egyptian and Qatar Air Forces each took delivery of 24 units.

The Rafale Solo Display Team of the French Air Force (Armée de l’air) will be appearing at AIRPOWER16.

  • © Anthony Pecchi

  • © Anthony Pecchi

© Anthony Pecchi

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
Length 15.3 m
Wingspan 11 m
Height 2.8 m
Max. takeoff weight 24,500 kg
Empty weight 10,300 kg
Max. payload 15,000 kg
Service ceiling 16,763 m
Maximum speed 1,148 km/h / 620 KIAS
Powerplant 2 × SNECMA-M88-2 turbofans
Thrust 2 x 75 kN with afterburner
Crew 1 or 2
Display Flying