JayS wrote:Looks like those are not the only incorrect numbers thrown. The Retired AM says Meteor has max range of 180km and NEZ of 150km...!!! That just not acceptable number for NEZ.
He says Rafale better than even F35, because maintenance issues on F35 are more severe. Is that the only parameter of evaluation..?
Those two offer very different capability to a point where in many instances Dassault has even stopped competing agains the F-35. They are also not in the same maturity life-cycle. F-35 SDD build (3F) was declared operational about a year ago, and the industrial program currently produces about as many aircraft a year as the Rafale program has in the past decade. The Rafale in contrast has a more mature baseline and has been in production for far longer. This JSF production transition phase (from LRIP to FRP) is going to create part shortages, and is going to push the boundaries of production processes and everyone down to the smallest suppliers ramp up. So yes, for the next few years as production stabilizes at or above 150 per annum, and as contractors begin to offer PBL or PBL-hybrids things will be different from the far more mature Rafale. But in a year or two they will just about achieve parity. The USAF missed its F-35 80% mission-capability rate target this year but it should take them probably 6-12 months to get there for the entire combat coded fleet. Most operators though see past that..because they make decisions with a 2-3 decade view of capability requirement, threat advancement, and what they need to field and constantly upgrade to keep up with it. The F-35 was obviously not an option for the IAF and may be geopolitical "no-go". But pretty much every time the Eurocanards have been evaluated against the F-35, the F-35 has come out as winner, be it in South Korea, Japan, in Europe or elsewhere..