Rare Yearlong Sales Spurt Boosts F-35 and Rafale

Dassault Rafale in flight
Dassault lost two major deals to the F-35, but a string of new orders confirmed the Rafale’s status as the most popular alternative to the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter.
Credit: ERIDIA/A. Paringaux/V. Almansa/Dassault Aviation

Selecting a new fighter on the international market is a lengthy, costly and often controversial process that usually leads to long intervals separating hard-won deals. A rare burst of global sales activity erupted, however, between May 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022. Twelve different orders and...

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