SCALP missiles can take out on-ground targets 300 kilometers away
Rafale can be equipped with SCALP missiles, a precision long range ground attack missile, capable of taking out targets within a radius of 300 kilometers.
And, carry six AASM missiles at a time
Each AASM missile has GPS and imaging infrared terminal guidance. It can accurately hit a target with an accuracy of 10 meters.
It has a holographic cockpit display
The fighter jet’s cockpit has been equipped with a display from Thales Avionique. The head-up, wide-angle holographic display manages the aircraft control data, mission data and firing cues.
Its multi-image display at head-level shows the tactical situation and sensor data from around the aircraft. Two lateral displays on either side show the aircraft’s systems and the mission data.
The pilot has his own helmet mounted sight and display aside from the main console.
Rafale can aim for eight targets at a time
There’s also a RBE2 passive electronically scanned radar developed by Thales on board. It has ‘look-down’ and ‘shoot-down’ abilities that can track up to eight targets at the same time, identify the threats and prioritise accordingly.
Rafale’s radar is more powerful that Su-30 MKI’s PESA Radar.
Rafale’s higher survivability
Rafale’s electronic warfare system, Spectra, is a Thales contribution as well. It’s equipped with solid state transmitter technology, a DAL laser warning receiver, missile warning, detection systems and jammers.
The ability for Spectra to combine the most effective defensive measures based on various combinations of its features gives Rafale a greater chance of surviving in hostile airspace than the Su-30 MKI.