Dassault Rafale vs Su-30

French Dassault Rafale vs Russian Su-30 Comparison

RAFALE INFOGRAPHICSU-30 Flanker-C infographic

Rafale vs Su-30 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - RAFALEPER HOUR - SU-30

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE SUKHOI SU-30
BVR Rating 90% 85%
Armament 8.6/10 8.4/10
Technology 8.5/10 8.0/10
Avionics 8.4/10 8.0/10
Maneuverability 9.3/10 9.7/10 (3D Thrust)
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 280 m/s – 55k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.13 1.05
Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 17 km – 56k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.70 km/l – 1.65 NM/gallon 0.25 km/l – 0.55 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 130.000.000 USD 60.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent excellent

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE SUKHOI SU-30
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AA-12 Adder (R77 Vympel)
AAM origin NATO Russia
Year in 2013 in 1998
Range (mile) 62 99
Range (km) 100 160
Speed (mph) 2640 2970
Speed (km/h) 4248 4779
Radar Thales RBE2-AA NIIP N011M BARS
Radar overall rating excellent excellent
BVR Technology 85% 86%
BVR Def. Tech. 85% 84%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 1.5-4.0

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE SUKHOI SU-30
Cannon GIAT 30M/719B GSh-30-1
Caliber (mm) 30 mm 30 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 2500 rpm 1800 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 860 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 10%
Maneuverability 9.3 9,7
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,13 1,05
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AA-11 Archer
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.3 – 40 km
AAM (second) R.550 MAGIC II AA-8 Aphid
Operational range 0.3 – 15 km 0.1 – 8 km
Dogfight Rating 76% 89%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE SUKHOI SU-30
Length 15.27 m – 50 ft 1 in 21.9 m (72.9 ft)
Wingspan 10.80 m – 35 ft 4 in 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
Wing area 45.7 m² – 492 ft² 62 m² (667 sq ft)
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 6.36 m (20.85 ft)
Weight 10,100 kg – 22,6k lb 17,700 kg (39,021 lb)
Power 2 x 75 kN – 17k lbf 2 x 123 kN – 27,3k lbf