Rafale vs F-18

Dassault Rafale vs F/A-18 Hornet

Overall rating table

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18 HORNET
BVR Rating
90%
80%
Armament 7.8/10 7.7/10
Technology 7.7/10 7.9/10
Avionics 8.0/10 7.7/10
Maneuverability 9.5/10 6.8/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 6ok ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.13 0.96
Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 1.80 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.27 km/l – 0.63 NM/gallon 0.29 km/l – 0.68 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 90.000.000 USD 40.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good very good

BVR Armament Comparison

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18 HORNET
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120D AMRAAM
Nation NATO USA
Year in 2013 1990
Range (mile) 62 43
Range (km) 100 70
Range (NM) 54 38
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Speed (Mach) 4 4
Weight (lb) 407 330
Weight (kg) 185 150
Unit Cost $1.600.000 $700.000
BVR Rating  90%  80%

 

Dogfight (armament: only cannon)

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18 HORNET
Cannon GIAT 30M/719B M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 30 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 2500 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity (m/s) 1025 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point (10% to 30%) NO NO
Maneuverability (x/10) 9,5 6,8
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,13 0,96
Total Points 50 42
Probability of winning 54% 46%

General data table

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18 HORNET
Length 15.27 m – 50 ft 1 in 17.10 m – 56 ft 0 in
Wingspan 10.80 m – 35 ft 4 in 12.3 m – 40 ft 8 in
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 4.70 m – 15 ft 4 in
Weight 10,100 kg – 22,6k lb 10,400 kg – 23,5k lb
Power 2 x 75 kN – 17k lbf 2 x 80 kN – 18k lbf

Armament

DASSAULT RAFALE F/A-18 HORNET
14 HARDPOINTS 9 HARDPOINTS
1 × 30 mm GIAT 30/719B cannon (125 rounds) 1 × 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon (578 rounds)
MBDA MICA IR/EM (AAM missile) AIM-9 Sidewinder (AAM missile)
Magic II (AAM missile) AIM-120 AMRAAM (AAM missile)
MBDA Meteor (AAM missile) AIM-7 Sparrow (AAM missile)
MBDA Apache (AGM missile) IRIS-T (AAM missile)
SCALP EG (AGM missile) AIM-132 ASRAAM (AAM missile)
AASM (AGM missile) Taurus missile (cruise missile)
AM 39 Exocet (AGM missile) AGM-84 Harpoon (AGM missile)
ASMP-A (nuclear AGM missile) AGM-45 Shrike (AGM missile)
Paveway II (bomb) AGM-88 HARM (AGM missile)
AGM-65 Maverick (AGM missile)
Penguin (AGM missile)
Standoff Land Attack Missile (AGM missile)
JDAM (bomb)
CBU-87, CBU-89, CBU-97 (bomb)
Paveway II/III/Enhanced Paveway (bomb)
Mark 82, Mark 83, Mark 84 (bomb)
B-61 (nuclear bomb)

 Facts -Dassault Rafale vs F-18 Hornet

F-18 Hornet is cheaper.
F-18 Hornet is more economical.
Dassault Rafale is faster.
Dassault Rafale is better armed.
Dassault Rafale is better dogfighter.
Dassault Rafale is smaller than F-18.

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