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SUBJECTS
Dassault Rafale C
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
HAL Tejas Mk.1
4th Generation Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
BASICS
ORIGIN
France
ORIGIN
India
YEAR
2001 [Diff.-14 yrs]
YEAR
2015 [Diff.+14 yrs]
CREW
1
CREW
1
PRODUCTION
201 units [Diff.+168]
PRODUCTION
33 units [Diff.-168]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
50.2 ft (15.3 m) [Diff.+6.9 ft]
LENGTH
43.3 ft (13.2 m) [Diff.-6.9 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
35.8 ft (10.9 m) [Diff.+8.9 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
26.9 ft (8.2 m) [Diff.-8.9 ft]
HEIGHT
17.5 ft (5.3 m) [Diff.+3.1 ft]
HEIGHT
14.4 ft (4.4 m) [Diff.-3.1 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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HAL Tejas Mk.1
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT.
22,708 lb (10,300 kg) [Diff.+8,267 lb]
EMPTY WT.
14,440 lb (6,550 kg) [Diff.-8,267 lb]
M.T.O.W.
54,013 lb (24,500 kg) [Diff.+24,251 lb]
M.T.O.W.
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 12,100lb of thrust dry and 20,200lb thrust with reheat.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
1,383 mph (2,225 kph) [Diff.+155 mph]
SPEED
1,227 mph (1,975 kph) [Diff.-155 mph]
RANGE
2,299 miles (3,700 km) [Diff.+311 miles]
RANGE
1,988 miles (3,200 km) [Diff.-311 miles]
CEILING
51,952 ft (15,835 m) [Diff.-2,182 feet]
CEILING
54,134 ft (16,500 m) [Diff.+2,182 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 (up to 11,685lb).

External fuel replaces some weapons hardpoints.

LITENING targeting pod mounted at port side intake hardpoint.

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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SIMILAR / RELATED TO...
Eurofighter Typhoon
Saab Gripen
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
PAC JF-17 Thunder
HAL Tejas AF MWF

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