Sorry Not Sorry: France's 4th-Generation Dassault Rafale Is No Stealth F-35
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Sebastien Roblin


Paris' stopgap until a European stealth fighter enters service.

Key point: It's no F-35. Period. 

In January 2019, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced France would commit $2.3 billion to develop an F4 generation of the Dassault Rafale twin-engine multirole fighter.  This would include production in 2022–2024 of the last twenty-eight of the original order of 180 Rafales, followed by the purchase of an additional thirty Rafales F4.2s between 2027–2030,...

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