Batch of four Dassault Rafale fighter jets to join Qatar Air Force

According to a tweet published by Thomas Pougheon on July 28, 2021, the sixth batch of four Dassault Rafale fighters departing Bordeaux to join the Qatar Air Force at Doha.

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Batch of four Dassault Rafale fighter jets to join Qatar Air Force Dassault Rafale fighter jet (Picture source: Omnirole Rafale)

The Rafale is a French-made twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike, and nuclear deterrence missions. Introduced in 2001, the Rafale is being produced for both the French Air Force and for carrier-based operations in the French Navy.

The Rafale is powered by two Snecma M88-2 turbofans, 50.04 kN (11,250 lbf) thrust each dry, 75 kN (17,000 lbf) with afterburner. It has a gross weight of 15,000 kg and a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 kg. It can fly at a maximum speed of 2,223 km/h with a maximum combat range of 1,850 km.

The Rafale has been marketed for export to several countries and was selected for purchase by the Indian Air Force, the Egyptian Air Force. The Rafale has been used in combat over Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria.