posted on Jan, 7 2017 @ 01:43 PM
a reply to: mbkennel
Two engines, mission creep, etc. It's a wonderful aircraft and one of the best 4th gens flying, but it was designed from the get-go to be a
carrier-capable analogue to the Eurofighter Typhoon, itself a twin-engined Flanker killer.
Meanwhile, the original Mirage series were the Mazda Miatas of the fighter world. Small, elemental, versatile, and dirt cheap to procure and operate
while being everything that a non-G8 nation needed in a fighter.
The Rafale is an incredible aircraft, but all its capabilities are overkill to any nation that doesn't already own F-15's, F-35's or the big Sukhoi's,
which is why everyone who could afford it flies flankers, hornets, and eagles, while the countries who used to buy new Mirages now fly Gripens,
F-16's, Russian fighters and whatever old western cold war aircraft that they can keep airworthy while they look for a replacement that they can
edit on 7-1-2017 by Barnalby because: (no reason given)
edit on 7-1-2017 by Barnalby because: (no reason