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Sunday, 17 February 2019

What makes the Dassault Rafale more special than the Eurofighter Typhoon that India shows much interest in it?

There are quite a few reasons:
                                     
  1. Eurofighter Typhoon’s life cycle cost and LP1 was higher than Dassault Rafale; primary reason.
  2. Typhoon is made by four countries, with parts sourced from many other countries. Getting property rights and tech is far difficult than from Dassault Rafale, which is manufactured completely by France.
  3. Dassault Rafale is multirole/omnirole; while Typhoon is primarily air superiority with limited ground attack capabilities.
  4. Typhoon is still a work in progress, its radar, software codes and armament is still undergoing integration and testing; Dassault has finished all these and participated independently in battle; the Typhoon needed the assistance of the Tornado, another aircraft, in battle.
  5. Rafale-M is the marine/carrier version; no such version in Typhoon.
  6. Mainly, France is a reliable supplier in times of war. Typhoon suppliers may not send spare parts or create an embargo in times of war. France also does not artificially jack up prices at such times like the Russians did.
  7. IAF has experience with similar French aircraft such as the Mirage. IAF has no such experience with similar aircraft (British aircraft like the Jaguar and Harrier are in a different class).
  8. France is willing to share source codes and tech; not possible in Typhoon where there are multiple manufacturers. Also, France is willing to integrate Israeli and Indian sub-components in the Rafale, and help in development of GTRE/DRDO Kaveri engine for the LCA.
Due to all the above considerations, Rafale was selected over Typhoon.
                                          

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