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28 September 2016

The Indian Air Force signs up for 36 Rafale aircraft

The official signing ceremony for the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft was held on September 23rd, in New Delhi. Eighty-four Rafales have now been sold on the export market over a period of less than two years. This success recognizes the state-of-the-art capabilities of the omni-role combat aircraft and reflects the trust the customers place in the know-how and technological leadership of the industry players involved in the programme.

Thales equips the Rafale with a wide range of equipment and systems providing it with multi-sensor capability. This includes the RBE2 AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array), the first European combat radar with active electronic scanning antenna, the Spectra electronic warfare system, optronics, the communication, navigation and identification system, most of the cockpit display systems, power generation systems and a logistics support component. These systems represent around 25% of the total value of the Rafale.

"All Thales teams would like to thank the Indian authorities for the trust they have placed in us. Rafale's new export success demonstrates our ability, alongside Dassault Aviation and its partners, to constantly meet the customer's highest expectations through innovation, the mastery of advanced technology and industrial excellence", said Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO, Thales group.

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The momentum has been triggered, now we have to invent the future by continuing to innovate,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, when visiting the new Thales Bordeaux facility which will open its doors in early October.

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO Dassault Aviation