Rafale vs F/A-18E Flight Cost Per Hour

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET

BVR Rating 90% 83%

Armament 8.6/10 7.9/10

Technology 8.5/10 8.9/10

Avionics 8.4/10 9.0/10

Maneuverability 9.3/10 7.8/10

Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 228 m/s – 44k ft/min

Thrust/Weight 1.13 1.03

Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 15 km – 50k ft

Speed 2.00 Mach 1.80 Mach

Fuel Economy 0.70 km/l – 1.65 NM/gallon 0.60 km/l – 1.21 NM/gallon

Unit Cost 130.000.000 USD 80.000.000 USD

Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET

BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120 AMRAAM

AAM origin NATO USA

Year in 2013 in 1997

Range (mile) 62 45

Range (km) 100 75

Speed (mph) 2640 2640

Speed (km/h) 4248 4248

Radar Thales RBE2-AA AN/APG-79

Radar overall rating excellent excellent

BVR Technology 85% 83%

BVR Def. Tech. 85% 80%

RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 1.0-2.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET

Cannon GIAT 30M/719B M61A1 Vulcan

Caliber (mm) 30 mm 20 mm

Rate of Fire (rpm) 2500 rpm 6000 rpm

Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1050 m/s

Size Point 10%-30% 20% 20%

Maneuverability 9.3 7,8

Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,13 1.03

AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-7 Sparrow

Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km

AAM (second) R.550 MAGIC II AIM-9 Sidewinder

Operational range 0.3 – 15 km 0.5 – 30 km

Dogfight Rating 76% 57%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET

Length 15.27 m – 50 ft 1 in 18.4 m – 60.1 ft

Wingspan 10.80 m – 35 ft 4 in 13.65 m – 45 ft 0 in

Wing area 45.7 m² – 492 ft² 46.5 m² – 500 sq ft

Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 4.88 m – 16.0 ft

Weight 10,100 kg – 22,6k lb 14,500 kg – 32,0k lb

Power 2 x 75 kN – 17k lbf 2 x 97 kN – 22k lbf

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