Armed forces are currently being reinforced everywhere in the world. In order to guarantee their sovereignty against any eventuality, countries wish to reinforce their air superiority by acquiring new resources, particularly by ensuring the availability of combat equipment able to accomplish several missions in the course of the same sortie. These missions are: air defence, reconnaissance, precision attacks on ground targets and the detection and tracking of targets at sea.
The Dassault Aviation Rafale meets these requirements and cover all these missions, particularly thanks to Thales electronics, which approximately accounts for 25% of the value of the platform. Thales electronics is on board the Rafale for France, Egypt, Qatar, India, Greece, Croatia, UAE and Indonesia.
Thales supplies ultra-effective sensors: the fire control radar, named AESA RBE2, the self-protection system, SPECTRA, the electro-optic system, FSO, the targeting pod TALIOS and the reconnaissance system, AREOS. In parallel, Thales procures communications, navigation, identification and cockpit equipment, not forgetting electrical generators or missile seekers. Training, Simulation, support and services are also proposed.
All Thales equipment on board the Rafale aircraft contributes to the performance recorded in theatres of operation, particularly thanks to sensors, where the data is merged within the modular data processing unit, MDPU. This multi-sensor data fusion is a decisive factor, ensuring the Rafale stands out. This outcome was jointly achieved by Thales and Dassault Aviation and creates a link between the overall battle field surrounding the aircraft and the pilot's brain, with its unique ability to understand the implications of a tactical situation and take the best possible decision. Thanks to the system's computing power, the data fusion incorporates data from the AESA RBE2 electronic scanned array radar, the SPECTRA electronic warfare system, the FSO (Front Sector Optronics) system, IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) and datalinks.
By allowing the pilot to become a real tactical decision-maker rather than simply an analyst of sensors, and by equipping the Rafale with state-of-the-art equipment, Thales, along with Dassault Aviation, contributes to the air superiority of Air Forces in all decisive moments.