The Indonesian Air Drive (TNI AU) has dispatched six pilots to France to attend coaching periods to man the 4.5-generation Dassault Rafale fighter jets bought by Indonesia. The Indonesian Air Drive Chief of Employees Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo said that pilots and engineers will spend three months in France for the coaching session. On 20 January 2022, Indonesia’s Minister of Protection Prabowo Subianto confirmed that Indonesia accomplished the negotiation of the contract pending activation of the formal settlement by France. On 10 February 2022, Dassault said that Indonesia had formally signed an order for 42 Rafale F4, concluding two years of negotiations with six Batch 1 plane, consisting of 30 single-seat and 12 double-seat.

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter plane designed and constructed by Dassault Aviation. The Rafale is meant to carry out air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, floor assist, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is known as an “omnirole” plane by Dassault. Launched in 2001, the Rafale is being produced for each the French Air Drive and for carrier-based operations within the French Navy. The Rafale has been marketed for export to a number of nations, and was chosen for buy by the Egyptian Air Drive, the Indian Air Drive, the Qatar Air Drive, the Hellenic Air Drive, the Croatian Air Drive, the Indonesian Air Drive and the United Arab Emirates Air Drive.


The Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, and the Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of Defence Amenities Company of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, signed the contract for the acquisition of 42 latest-generation Rafales.

The Rafale was developed as a contemporary jet fighter with a really excessive degree of agility; Dassault selected to mix a delta wing with energetic close-coupled canard to maximise manoeuvrability. The plane is able to withstanding from ?3.6g to 9g (10.5g on Rafale solo show and a most of 11g may be reached in case of emergency). The Rafale is an aerodynamically unstable plane and makes use of digital fly-by-wire flight controls to artificially implement and keep stability. The plane’s canards additionally act to scale back the minimal touchdown velocity to 115 knots (213 km/h; 132 mph); whereas in flight, airspeeds as little as 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) have been noticed throughout coaching missions. The Rafale has adequate low velocity efficiency to function from STOBAR-configured plane carriers.

For compatibility with armaments of various sorts and origins, the Rafale’s onboard retailer administration system is compliant with MIL-STD-1760, {an electrical} interface between an plane and its carriage shops, thereby simplifying the incorporation of lots of their present weapons and gear. The Rafale is usually outfitted with 14 hardpoints, 5 of that are appropriate for heavy armament or gear equivalent to auxiliary gas tanks, and has a most exterior load capability of 9 tons. The Rafale carries the 30 mm GIAT 30 revolver cannon and may be outfitted with a variety of laser-guided bombs and ground-attack munitions. The Rafale’s onboard mission programs allow floor assault and air-to-air fight operations to be carried out inside a single sortie.