The drawback is extremely high munitions cost. Both types have a similar ferry range with a ‘heavy’ three tank fit. The RBE2 radar has continued to mature and is now a standout feature of the jet, whilst the French government has committed to a major upgrade of the jet’s internal systems and sensors in the upcoming F4 standard programme. Both can use third party target data to launch Meteor without active radar scanning by the launch aircraft, and both can hand off guidance in flight to other friendly assets. The Damocles pod has an advantage over Sniper and Lightning III in that it features an integral datalink capability to transfer reconnaissance and target data directly to other stations such as those found on French Air Force tankers. Completely slicked off with no external stores or targeting pods, a Rafale would likely have a lower frontal RCS compared to a Typhoon, but in practice neither would be combat effective in this configuration. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. And on weight, he’s in the lead. The Typhoon climbs faster than the Rafale. A pilot from either of those two fighters would find little out of place or unfamiliar in terms of cockpit layout, although the internal menus and system logic may be different from what they are used to. Support Hush-Kit with our high quality aviation themed merchandise here. Eurofighter Typhoon is the only fighter to offer wide-ranging operational capabilities whilst at the same time delivering unparalleled fleet effectiveness. ( Log Out / Expert analysis of weapons, tactics and technology. Depends on altitude and speed. Air-to-air engagements at long ranges The RBE2 (has the advantage) against targets with a low radar cross section due to the greater performance of AESA types against these threats. – In Recce, Rafale has the dedicated Reco NG pod. The flip side is that both AMRAAM variants have advanced off-board guidance capabilities to allow passive engagements in cooperation with another aircraft in active mode. I would say this has to be counted as the definitive Rafale v Typhoon comparison for the early 2020s. Finland will be an interesting result to watch, but I’m not sure either aircraft could be considered a favourite. In practice, there is little to choose between them, I pity the enemy shot at by either. In within-visual range combat, both Typhoon and Rafale would likely destroy each other in the merge in a 1v1 or 2v2. However, Brimstone is not designed to produce area effects or destroy structures, so for such targets the AASM family provides far more capability, especially with the larger ‘bomb’ body variants. However, those will not be in service for several years so are not included here. This is because modern SAM systems such as the S-400 and HQ-9 are highly mobile and have such long range that a subsonic cruise missile launched from a safe distance would take tens of minutes to arrive. The Hush-Kit Book of Warplanes is a beautifully designed, highly visual, collection of the best articles from the fascinating world of military aviation –hand-picked from the highly acclaimed Hush-kit online magazine (and mixed with a heavy punch of new exclusive material). The French Air Force’s latest F3R aircraft with the RBE2 and Meteor are, on balance, likely to be the most capable Rafales around for much the same reasons as the RAF’s Tranche 3 Typhoons are. Iranian Navy Anti-ship Cruise Missile Accidentally Hit Own ship killing 19 sailors, Spanish Air Force A400M Atlas Military Transport Aircraft Damaged Following Bird Strike While Landing, How U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet Accidentally Dropped A Bomb In Japan: Report, B-52 Bomber Access Panel Fell Onto Private Property During Salute To COVID-19 Healthcare Workers, U.S. Air Force Jets Filled The Sky Over Phoenix For Jaw-Droppingly Flyover In Honor Of Healthcare Workers In COVID-19 Crisis, B-1B World Tour: U.S. Air Force Bombers Fly Over Sweden For First Time, Minimum: Rafale = 224 kg/m², Typhoon = 215 kg/m², Nominal: Rafale = 326 kg/m², Typhoon = 312 kg/m², Maximum: Rafale = 536 kg/m², Typhoon = 459 kg/m², Nominal weight (without external loads) = 14900 kg, Maximum weight = 24500 kgMaximum Thrust = 2*75 kN, Maximum Thrust-to-weight = 2*75/(9.81*10.220) = 1.50, Nominal Thrust-to-weight = 2*75/(9.81*14.900) = 1.03, Minimum Thrust-to-weight = 2*75/(9.81*24.500) = 0.62, Minimum wing loading = 10220/45.70 kg/m² = 224 kg/m², Nominal wing loading = 14900/45.70 kg/m² = 326 kg/m², Maximum wing loading = 24500/45.70 kg/m² = 536 kg/m², Maximum weight = 23500 kgMaximum Thrust = 2*95 kN (war setting), Maximum Thrust-to-weight = 2*95/(9.81*11.000) = 1.76, Nominal Thrust-to-weight = 2*95/(9.81*15.996) = 1.21, Minimum Thrust-to-weight = 2*95/(9.81*23.500) = 0.82, wing area = 51.2 m² (with extended leading edges), Minimum wing loading = 11000/51.2 kg/m² = 215 kg/m², Nominal wing loading = 15996/51.2 kg/m² = 312.5 kg/m², Maximum wing loading = 23500/51.2 kg/m² = 459 kg/m². Based on the physical properties of the two aircraft I’d suspect the Rafale has a higher instantaneous rate, but at the same time the Typhoon should have a superior sustained turn rate irrespective of altitude thanks to signifantly higher thrust and a lower induced drag. I guess it would take a lot of money to upgrade them to the latest version? France’s AASM ‘Hammer’ series of glide and boosted bomb guidance kits gives Rafale a comparable capability to Paveway IV with a greater amount of warhead and range flexibility. The lower the altitude, the greater Rafale’s margin of advantage; the higher one goes, the better Typhoon performs relatively. The Rafale jet is known for its wide ranging capabilities and can be employed for a range of purposes, including carrying out combat missions deep inside enemy territory, neutralising ground targets, including enemy defence systems as well as its manoeuvrability in dogfights. The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. In 2015, Research Fellow at the RUSI Think-tank Justin Bronk, compared Europe’s two middle-weight fighter aircraft, the Typhoon and Rafale, The relatively subtle differences between these two superbly capable aircraft have inspired a great deal of heated debate, often poisoned by pride and nationalism. Both are significantly cleaner in terms of switches and clutter than previous generations of aircraft and slightly cleaner than current generation F-15s and F-16s in USAF service. The BK27 has slightly better muzzle velocity and ballistic properties whilst the GIAT has slightly better destructive effect due to its larger shell. US development efforts have emphasised these cooperative engagement capabilities (CEC) far more than French ones over the past two decades, and Typhoon benefits from that weapon heritage. The French Rafales can also carry the ASMP-A nuclear standoff missile which is a unique capability.