BLUFThis article claims that the Dassault Rafale is a very effective 4.5 Gen aircraft, but it is not stealthy and lacks the full capability of a fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-35.
In this article, Harrison Kass makes the following points:
- Rafael designed in the 1980s.
- High agility.
- Fly by wire.
- It can operate at very low speeds.
- They are designed to be flown from carriers.
- Not a full stealth aircraft.
- Reinforced undercarriage for carrier landings.
- Has been exported to several countries, including Egypt, Indonesia and India.
- Another article from 1945 notes that the Rafale is not a fifth-generation aircraft.
- Note the following definition: Fifth Generation Air Combat - Joint Air Power Competence Centre (japcc.org)
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- FEB 2022 Dassault Rafale vs. F-35: More than Just Selecting a Combat Aircraft - Politics Today
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