Dassault Rafale vs F-16 Fighting Falcon

French Dassault Rafale vs US F-16E Fighting Falcon Block 60 Comparison

RAFALE INFOGRAPHICF16 infographic

Rafale vs F-16 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - RAFALE

PER HOUR - F-16E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR Rating 90% 78%
Armament 8.6/10 7.9/10
Technology 8.5/10 9.0/10
Avionics 8.4/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 9.3/10 7.9/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.13 1.11
Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.70 km/l – 1.65 NM/gallon 0.91 km/l – 2.13 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 130.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120 AMRAAM
AAM origin NATO USA
Year in 2013 in 1997
Range (mile) 62 45
Range (km) 100 75
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar Thales RBE2-AA AN/APG-80
Radar overall rating excellent excellent
BVR Technology 85% 82%
BVR Def. Tech. 85% 77%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Cannon GIAT 30M/719B M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 30 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 2500 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 30%
Maneuverability 9.3 7,9
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,13 1,11
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) R.550 MAGIC II IRIS-T
Operational range 0.3 – 15 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 76% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Length 15.27 m – 50 ft 1 in 15.0 m – 49 ft 4 in
Wingspan 10.80 m – 35 ft 4 in 9.45 m – 31 ft 0 in
Wing area 45.7 m² – 492 ft² 28.0 m² – 300 sq ft
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 5.1 m – 16 ft 8 in
Weight 10,100 kg – 22,6k lb 10,000 kg – 22,1k lb
Power 2 x 75 kN – 17k lbf 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf