A new program Rafale to two billion euros announced on Monday

The assembly plant of the Rafale de Dassault, in Mérignac, near Bordeaux. - AMEZ UGO / SIPA

The Minister of the Armies, Florence Parly, must go this Monday morning to the Dassault factory of Mérignac (Gironde). In an interview with Sud Ouest, she announces the launch
a new version of the Rafale.

"Since its commissioning in the early 2000s, this device has had several versions, says the minister in the columns of the regional daily. It is a plane that adapts constantly. The Rafale F4 will benefit from connectivity, reliability and the ability to counter increased threats. These improvements will bring this aircraft to the level of the latest generation aircraft and will allow our air forces to maintain their superiority in increasingly contested spaces. "

The launch of this new version represents a two billion euro order for Dassault. This is good news for the assembly plant at Mérignac, which employs 1,400 people.

The Rafale F4 program, which will succeed the F3R version, was announced in March 2017. It should start in 2023.