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At the end of her trip to Indonesia, French Defence Minister Florence Parly attended the signing of the contract for the procurement of 42 RAFALE F4s together with her Indonesian counterpart. The contract is the result of an intensive dislogue over the last two years and shows the importance of bilateral relations between France and Indonesia, writes the French MoD.

The contract covers the order of six RAFALE F4s with deliveries starting in 2025, crew training, logistic support and a training centre with two simulators. An agreement for a further 36 aircraft is included as an option. Dassault Aviation writes that Indonesian industry will benefit. This is not only in the aviation sector, but also in all other important areas of cooperation.

With a maximum take-off weight of 24.5 tonnes, the RAFALE is 15.27 m long and 10.80 m wide (wingspan). Powered by two Snecma-M88-2-E4 turbofan engines with a thrust of 75 kN each (in afterburner mode), the aircraft achieves a top speed of just under Mach 2 (2,125 km/h). For armament, 14 weapon stations are available for up to 9.5 tonnes of weapon load.

The RAFALE F4 version is equipped with modernised sensors, visual and communications equipment and a new engine control system. A new prognostic and diagnostic system enables predictive maintenance. Introduced to the Armée de l’air from 2004, since 2015, the Rafale has also been exported to countries including:

  • Croatia
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • India
  • Qatar
  • the UAE
  • Indonesia