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Comparison of Dassault Rafale and HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)


Direct side-by-side comparison of two aircraft.


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SUBJECTS
Dassault Rafale C
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
HAL Tejas Mk.1
Multirole 4th Generation Lightweight Fighter Aircraft
BASICS
CREW
1
CREW
1
PRODUCTION
175 units [Diff.+142]
PRODUCTION
33 units [Diff.-142]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
50.20 ft (15.30 m) [Diff.+6.89 ft]
LENGTH
43.31 ft (13.20 m) [Diff.-6.89 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
35.76 ft (10.90 m) [Diff.+8.86 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
26.90 ft (8.20 m) [Diff.-8.86 ft]
HEIGHT
17.52 ft (5.34 m) [Diff.+3.08 ft]
HEIGHT
14.44 ft (4.40 m) [Diff.-3.08 ft]
SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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Dassault Rafale C
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HAL Tejas Mk.1
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT
20,944 lb (9,500 kg) [Diff.+6,482 lb]
EMPTY WT
14,462 lb (6,560 kg) [Diff.-6,482 lb]
MTOW
54,013 lb (24,500 kg) [Diff.+24,251 lb]
MTOW
29,762 lb (13,500 kg) [Diff.-24,251 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
2 x SNECMA M88-2 augmented afterburning turbofan engines developing 11,250lb of dry thrust each and 19,555 lb of thrust with reheat.
1 x General Electric F404-GE-IN20 afterburning turbofan engine developing 19,000 lb thrust.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
1,190 mph (1,915 kph) [Diff.-180 mph]
SPEED
1,370 mph (2,205 kph) [Diff.+180 mph]
RANGE
1,150 miles (1,850 km) [Diff.+93 miles]
RANGE
1,056 miles (1,700 km) [Diff.-93 miles]
CEILING
49,984 ft (15,235 m) [Diff.-2,510 feet]
CEILING
52,493 ft (16,000 m) [Diff.+2,510 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD:
1 x 30mm GIAT 30/M791 internal automatic cannon.

OPTIONAL:
Mission-specific armament with a maximum load of up to 20,900 lb on fourteen external hardpoints. Can include the following (or a mix of):

MBDA MICA medium-range Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).
MBDA "Meteor" long-range AAMs.
ASMP nuclear stand-off missiles.
AM-39 "Exocet" anti-ship missiles.
AS 30L laser-guided Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs).
APACHE stand-off munitions dispensers.
Laser-Guided Bombs ("Paveway" / "Enhanced Paveway" LGB family).
Anti-Armor / Anti-Runway / Runway Denial munitions.
Air-to-Surface Rocket Pods.
Air-Launched Cruiser Missiles (ALCMs)
3 x Jettisonable Fuel Drop Tanks.
STANDARD:
1 x 23mm GSh-23 twin-barrel internal automatic cannon.

OPTIONAL:
Air-to-air (short-range, medium-range, and long-range), air-to-surface, laser-guided and conventional drop/launch ordnance as needed. External fuel and LITENING targeting pod can replace some weapon systems at certain hardpoints.

Ordnance options also include rocket pods, anti-radiation missiles, anti-ship missiles, laser-guided bombs, Fuel-Air Explosives (FAEs), and cluster bombs.
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