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Originally posted by RichardPrice
The reason behind the Rafale can be traced back to one single decision - the Eurofighter project group deciding not to pursue a carrier variant of their aircraft. France was the only country that required a carrier variant, so they split off and went their own way.
The result was the Rafale.
Originally posted by Laeke
Yes, I do maybe tie in some "nation psychology" mumbo jumbo to this decision. However, I have often seen this affirmation that the decision for Rafale was mostly based on its "carrier compliance". I must say, in my relative ignorance to the subject, that it might be true. But I have honestly a rather hard time to believe it, because the whole french AF needs an overhaul and the Rafale was destined quite soon to replace many different aircraft, and not just the ones operating on carrier(s). Dissensions with other European partners seemed to have been related on various issues about the nature of the aircraft, including this carrier A/C thing.
Originally posted by Etoski
In order to achieve a brakethrough on the export market, they need to put their French ego aside for a moment and really offer the best solution for the CUSTOMER, not for itself! Cause let's be realistic: Although the Rafale is probably a good fighter, the first one or two countries that decide to purchase the Rafale are doing Dassault a favour, and not the other way around....
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Well, the simple question is then,
Why did the Rafale not get the overwhelming international thumbs up that the Mirage 2000 got?
One would presume that the popularity would have passed on from this Gen to the other. After all, you can only improve from what you've built before?
Is it the prevalence of other relevant factors like more competing fighters, or is this a marketing failure?
There are numerous instances of nations requesting Mirage 2K5s or even 2K9s(?) instead of the Rafale.