According to a report published on September 12 by Agence France-Presse titled “The Rafale Fighter That Couldn’t Be Sold Is Now Commercial Success”, Greece has just announced plans to purchase 6 more advanced Rafale fighters, with a total order of 24.
Earlier, Egypt announced that it would order another 30 Rafale, India ordered 36, and Qatar ordered 36. However, for this fighter that was put into service about 20 years ago, the success came too late. Egypt was the first country to purchase Rafale fighters.
The Rafale fighter is an Omnirole fighter developed by the French Dassault Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Although its first flight was in 1986, the first production model entered service in 2001. At the same time, in order to meet the needs of more users, the “Rafale” fighter has developed three technical standards, F1, F2, and F3, and has derived combat-type “Rafale-C”, two-seater “Rafale-B” and navy type “Rafale-M” three types, the latest model Rafale F4 has been called the 4.75 generation fighter.
In the beginning, the Rafale fighter is neither a stealth fighter nor a product of the United States and lacks combat experience. Therefore, it has a reputation as a “unsellable” fighter. Till 2015 no country show interest buy Rafale.
However, the French Air Force’s participation in actual combat operations finally brought a good reputation to the Rafale fighter. In the anti-terrorist war in Afghanistan