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An outstanding stores carriage capability

With a full load of weapons and fuel, the RAFALE takes off at two and a half times its empty weight - more than any other fighter in its class can do.

Weapons and pods can be carried simultaneously with external fuel tanks, making both mission range and firing power available in all load-outs, plus bringing unrivalled flexibility in mission planning and execution.

The mission system of the RAFALE has the potential to integrate a variety of current and future armaments.

The RAFALE has been cleared to operate the following weapons:

  • The MICA air-to-air “Beyond Visual Range” (BVR) interception, combat and self-defence missiles, in their IR (heat-seeking) and EM (active radar homing) versions. The MICA can be used within visual range (WVR) and beyond visual range (BVR).
  • The AASM modular, rocket-boosted air-to-ground precision guided weapon series, fitted with INS/GPS or INS/GPS/IIR (imaging infra-red) guidance kits, or with the upcoming INS/GPS/laser guidance kit.
  • The SCALP long-range stand-off missile
  • The AM39 EXOCET anti-ship missile
  • Laser-guided bombs
  • Unguided bombs
  • The 2500 rds/min NEXTER 30M791 30 mm internal cannon, available on both single and dual seaters.
  • The upcoming METEOR long-range air-to-air missile,

Customer-selected weapons

The RAFALE’s stores management system is Mil-Std-1760 compliant, which provides an easy integration of customer-selected weapons. With its 10-tonne empty weight, the RAFALE is fitted with 14 hard points (13 on the RAFALE M). Five of them are capable of carrying drop tanks and heavy loads. The total external load capacity is more than nine tonnes (20,000 lbs.).

“Buddy-buddy” refuelling missions can be carried out in portions of the airspace out of reach of dedicated and vulnerable tanker Aircraft.

With its outstanding load-carrying capability and its advanced mission system, the RAFALE can carry out both ground strikes, as well as air-to-air attacks and interceptions during the same sortie.

It is capable of performing several actions at the same time, such as firing air-to-air missiles during a very low altitude penetration phase: a clear demonstration of the true “OMNIROLE” capability and outstanding survivability of the RAFALE.

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