Dassault Aviation accelerates Rafale fighter jet production

By Defence Industry Europe

French aviation giant Dassault Aviation has announced an increase in the production rate of its Rafale fighter jets. The company is responding to a surge in both domestic and international orders by aiming to enhance its manufacturing capabilities to produce 3 Rafale jets per month by 2024, as reported by La Tribune.

 

The decision to boost production comes in the wake of a remarkable uptick in orders for the Rafale, a cornerstone of modern aerial combat fleets. Dassault Aviation received an impressive total of 170 orders between 2022 and 2024, with the figures standing at 92 in 2022, 60 in 2023, and 18 in 2024. This increased demand underscores the Rafale’s global appeal and its key role in future defence strategies.

 

 

Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, highlighted the company’s strategic shift in production to meet this growing demand. “We are transitioning to producing 3 aircraft per month from a rate that was lower by units in 2020 when production was stagnant,” Trappier stated. This ramp-up in production signifies Dassault’s commitment to fulfilling both domestic and international contracts efficiently.

 

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Of the 211 Rafale fighter jets ordered during this period, 141 are slated for export, while 70 will bolster the capabilities of the French Armed Forces. This balance between domestic commitments and international partnerships reflects the Rafale’s standing as a preferred choice among modern combat aircraft, offering a blend of cutting-edge technology, versatility, and performance.

 

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