The DGA (French defenceprocurement agency) has officially taken delivery of the Rafale C137, the first production Rafale equipped with the Thales RBE2 AESA* radar, at Dassault Aviation's Mérignac establishment near Bordeaux.
The Rafale is the first European combat aircraft in operational service equipped with this type of radar.
The RBE2 AESA brings the Rafale a number of key operational benefits:
Dassault Aviation and Thales are proud to equip French forces with this advanced radar technology, which is now entering operational service on a European combat aircraft for the first time. The project was completed on time and on budget, and owes its success to exemplary cooperation with the DGA and all the companies involved in the RBE2 AESA programme.
Export versions of the Rafale also incorporate AESA radar technology.
*Active Electronically Scanned Array
Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: Oct 3, 2012