The first serial Rafale radar with AFAR
5 September 2012 at the factory aerodrome of the French company Dassault Aviation in Merignac made the first flight of the first built for the French Air Force serial fighter Dassault Rafale, equipped with an onboard radar with an active phased antenna array (AFAR) Thales RBE2-AESA. The Rafale C Series F3 has the serial number С137 and is the first machine of the so-called "fourth tranche" (F30-04T). The first serial radar RBE2-AESA, installed on this aircraft, was delivered to the Thales group in Merignac in February 2012 of the year. Previously, Thales manufactured three prototypes of the RBE2-AESA radar with AFAR (sometimes referred to as RBE2-AA) and underwent flight tests on Dassault Mystere XX test aircraft (104 serial number) and Dassault Mirage 2000B test aircraft (B501 serialized aircraft) and in a reconfigured plane 1B (B02), which is also used in a way out of the device, and it is used in a way, it is also used in a way out of the device, it is also used in a way out of the device, it is also used in the way of the body, it is also used in a way, it is a way of the body, it is also used in the way of the body, it is also used in the way of the body, it is also used in the way of the body, it is also used in the way of the body, and the body of the body of the device, which is used in the way of the body of the body of the gun, of the body of the radar XEXUMX) fighter Rafale M series FXNUMX (serial number MXNUMX).
Along with the RBE2-AESA radar, the Rafale C137 is also equipped with two other new systems defining the F30-04T variant - the MBDA DDM-NG infrared warning system for missile launches and the modified passive opto-electronic detection system Thales / Sagem OSF-IT. Upon completion of factory testing, the C137 aircraft at the end of September 2012 should be transferred to the CEAM Flight Test Center of the French Air Force CEAM (Center d'Expériences Aériennes Militaires) in Mont-de-Marsan (B118 airbase), where the extended test program will be held throughout 18 months.