Dassault Rafale C 142 (4-CU), Armee de L'Air, France
The Dassault Rafale, literally meaning "gust of wind", and "burst of fire" in a more military sense) is a French multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault. The Rafale is referred to as an "omnirole" aircraft by Dassault.
In the late 1970s, the French Air Force and Navy were seeking to replace and consolidate their current fleets of aircraft. In order to reduce development costs and boost prospective sales, France entered into an arrangement with four other European nations to produce an agile multi-purpose fighter. Subsequent disagreements over workshare and differing requirements led to France's pursuit of its own development program. The Rafale is distinct from other European fighters of its era in that it is almost entirely built by one country,