Rafale fighter production on for another decade

Dassault can secure sufficient additional orders for the Rafale fighter to take production to at least 2030 but is unconcerned over any potential production gap with the next-generation combat aircraft it is developing alongside Airbus.

In 2018, Dassault took in additional 12 export orders from Qatar, raising the year-end backlog for the fourth-generation type to 101.

Of that total, 70 jets were due to export customers Egypt, India and Qatar and Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier believes more will come.

“Nobody expected us to sell to Egypt, including ourselves; the deal was done in two months,” he says.

“I think in the in the coming years, new countries will come to the Rafale.”

Current campaigns include Canada, Finland and Switzerland, where in each case Dassault faces competition from its European and US rivals.