The Rafale is operated by France and Egypt; India and Qatar have both placed orders.
Operational History Edit
As part of the French contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom, French Navy Rafales flew in combat for the first time in 2002 from the French carrier Charles de Gaulle, from which they conducted patrols over Afghanistan from the Indian Ocean; however, the French aircraft did not find any suitable targets due to air-to-ground weapons not yet being available for the Rafale and so returned to the carrier without seeing any action.
- MICA BVR missiles
- HAMMER smart munitions
- Exocet sea-skimming missile