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Dassault Rafale vs Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)


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Your selected aircraft are compared in side-by-side arrangement below. You can always go back and Compare any two aircraft in our database. Some entries contain '0', 'not available', or an 'NA' value. This is more common with conceptual, experimental, and x-plane designs. Rotary-wing system (i.e. helicopters) values include main rotor diameter as part of width/wingspan measurement. UAV entries may display crew values as '0', not taking into account ground-based controllers.
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SUBJECTS
Dassault Rafale C
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Sukhoi Su-30 (Su-27PU)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
BASICS
ORIGIN
France
ORIGIN
Russia
YEAR
2001 [Diff.+5 yrs]
YEAR
1996 [Diff.-5 yrs]
CREW
1
CREW
2
PRODUCTION
201 units [Diff.-434]
PRODUCTION
635 units [Diff.+434]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
50.2 ft (15.3 m) [Diff.-21.8 ft]
LENGTH
71.9 ft (21.9 m) [Diff.+21.8 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
35.8 ft (10.9 m) [Diff.-12.5 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
48.2 ft (14.7 m) [Diff.+12.5 ft]
HEIGHT
17.5 ft (5.3 m) [Diff.-3.3 ft]
HEIGHT
20.9 ft (6.4 m) [Diff.+3.3 ft]
RELATIVE 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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Sukhoi Su-30 (Su-27PU)
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT.
22,708 lb (10,300 kg) [Diff.-16,314 lb]
EMPTY WT.
39,022 lb (17,700 kg) [Diff.+16,314 lb]
M.T.O.W.
54,013 lb (24,500 kg) [Diff.-22,046 lb]
M.T.O.W.
76,059 lb (34,500 kg) [Diff.+22,046 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.
2 x Saturn AL-31FL turbofan engines with afterburner developing 27,560 lb thrust each (16,750lb thrust dry).
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
1,383 mph (2,225 kph) [Diff.+65 mph]
SPEED
1,317 mph (2,120 kph) [Diff.-65 mph]
RANGE
2,299 miles (3,700 km) [Diff.+435 miles]
RANGE
1,864 miles (3,000 km) [Diff.-435 miles]
CEILING
51,952 ft (15,835 m) [Diff.-4,806 feet]
CEILING
56,759 ft (17,300 m) [Diff.+4,806 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
60,000 ft/min [Diff.+14,725 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
45,275 ft/min [Diff.-14,725 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, FIXED:
1 x 30mm GSh-30-1 internal automatic cannon.

External ordnance can be any combination of the following:

R-27ER1 (AA-10C) "Alamo" medium-range air-to-air missiles, R-27ET1 (AA-10D) air-to-air missiles, R-73E (AA-11) airoto-air missiles, R77 RVV-AE (AA-12) air-to-air missiles, Kh-31P anti-radiation air-to-surface missiles, Kh-31A anti-radiation air-to-surface missiles, Kh-29T/L laser-guided missiles, Kh-59ME air-to-surface missiles and others.

KAB-500KR bombs, KAB-1500KR bombs, FAB-500T bombs, OFAB-250-270 bombs and others.

Also jettisonable fuel tanks.
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SIMILAR / RELATED TO...
Eurofighter Typhoon
Saab Gripen
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

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