The long-awaited  Rafale F5  from French Dassault Aviation promises to redefine military aerospace competition in Europe and Russia.

Rafale F5 Expectations and Delivery

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Following the impact of the  Rafale F4  on the Clodoaldian arsenal, the anticipation of the Rafale F5 has created a considerable buzz. With its vision of fully interconnected aircraft, Dassault Aviation looks to outperform its rivals, notably the European Eurofighter consortium and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation.

Dassault’s meticulously planned schedule does not foresee deliveries before 2035 due to the enormous task of integrating Saint-Cloud’s design efforts with Mérignac’s assembly precision.

“Team Rafale”, with leaders such as  Safran and  Thales, is set on transforming this challenge into a dominant combat machine for the decade 2030-2040.

Radar Innovations and Detection Capabilities

Harnessing the power of gallium nitride and artificial intelligence, the RBE2-XG radar system promises to be a revolution in detection. This radar can identify even 5th-generation stealth aircraft, giving the Rafale F5 a critical advantage in modern combat.


Furthermore, its ability to detect tiny targets, including micro-drones, is essential on the modern aerial battlefield. This crucial feature sets the Rafale F5 apart from many of its competitors.

A radar prototype is expected to fly on a DGA test aircraft within the next five years, with serial production beginning early in the next decade.

Weapons Development and Stealth Capability

In conjunction with the radar modernization, the  OSF  (Forward Sector Optronics) is being rejuvenated to maintain its position as the fighter’s primary sensor. This is in addition to the development by ONERA and  MBDA  of the successor to the ASMP-A missile, the  ASN4G, which promises to be a high-speed stealth missile.

The introduction of the ASN4G, with both nuclear and conventional versions, will consolidate France’s role in strategic strike capability while offering versatility in tactical missions.

This missile joins an expanding arsenal that includes the advanced interconnection of the Rafale F5 to command swarms of drones, a key development that reflects the experience gained from the nEUROn project.

Global Competition and Future of the Rafale F5


With rivals such as the   European EF-2000 Typhoon, the   Russian  Mikoyan MiG-35 Fulcrum-F, and the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E, the Rafale F5 has some stiff competition ahead of it. However, following the legacy of its predecessors, it is expected to redefine the air combat scene.

Dassault Aviation has high hopes for the Rafale F5, anticipating that it can even compete with the powerful  Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II.

With a history dating back to the maiden flight of the Rafale A in 1986, the Rafale F5 looks poised to maintain its relevance in the next era of aerial warfare.