Thales AESA RBE2 Radar Validated on Rafale Combat Aircraft

Thales has announced that the production model RBE2 radar with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna has been validated on the Rafale combat aircraft. This validation follows a comprehensive program of flight tests conducted between September and December 2010. Dassault Aviation confirmed that all aspects of the radar’s performance comply with the technical specifications of the « Roadmap » contract, awarded by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA).

According to Thales, the AESA RBE2 radar will give the Rafale a number of key advantages such as extended range for compatibility with the latest generation of long-range missiles and the ability to detect low-signature targets. In addition, AESA offers extended waveform agility, making it possible to acquire submetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery while increasing the radar’s resistance to jamming. Also, AESA features higher module reliability for reduced cost of ownership, as no maintenance is required on the active array for 10 years.

With the AESA RBE2’s performance now validated, Thales will begin AESA RBE2 radar series production for installation on Tranche 4 Rafales. The Tranche 4 aircraft were ordered by the DGA in 2009 and will be delivered by Dassault Aviation to the French Air Force from 2013.

Source: Forecast International

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