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French AF Rafale x 2 Mid-Air Collision During Air Show

Old 22nd May 2022, 19:24
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French AF Rafale x 2 Mid-Air Collision During Air Show

During a role demo !

TWO RAFALES COLLIDE AT THE COGNAC AIRSHOW — European Airshows
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Old 22nd May 2022, 19:31
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Extract from a translated French report:

"Its fin was severed at the level of the element which concentrates several sensors of its SPECTRA electronic suite [Rafale Fire Control Protection and Avoidance System], including the missile launch detection unit, the sensor analysis head missile launch, the rear warning detector and the upper drift amplification and communication unit [BACHD]."

"This part of the Rafale Rogue Spartan's tail fell on the village of Gensac-la-Pallue without doing any damage."



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VERY close Air Support, but delighted they both landed and walked. More info to come, clearly.
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Old 22nd May 2022, 20:43
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Video of their display on May 20 - check out 1:43 and 3:06

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It happened already - F15 IAF coming back without a wing, Mirage 2000 FAF without the tailfin.

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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
Video of their display on May 20 - check out 1:43 and 3:06

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9tpTOrkkyM
Little correction, that's not their display but the arrival of the "French Rafale Solo Display" with his coach in tow. It's a routine recon of the airfield, something they do before every show.
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Another case of “definistration” ?

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It looks a little more Mirage III-like without the upper bits. Would be a spectacular close-up of the tail when it connected with the RH canard. That was a messed up little plane.
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Looks much more like a gash wazz-about than a display TBH.

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Yes, that was what I was thinking. It did not appear very well coordinated or well planned. Just 2 fast jets randomly flying around. Strange.
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They call it "a show of force" - came from NATO ideas (Bosnia and Afghanistan) Supposed to impress the bandits and make them run away, after a request from TACP

First in a meeting they will never replicate the brute power of a jet flying at 100 ft or lower. Now on theatre, they will not fly so low anyway, for fear of small arms fire (not even mentioning manpads)

And the the whole idea is questionable : if the bad guys are really bad and not so easily impressed (which you can expect from them anyway, after months of hard fighting in the jebels) result will be nil.
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Originally Posted by JeanKhul View Post
They call it "a show of force" - came from NATO ideas (Bosnia and Afghanistan) Supposed to impress the bandits and make them run away, after a request from TACP

First in a meeting they will never replicate the brute power of a jet flying at 100 ft or lower. Now on theatre, they will not fly so low anyway, for fear of small arms fire (not even mentioning manpads)

And the the whole idea is questionable : if the bad guys are really bad and not so easily impressed (which you can expect from them anyway, after months of hard fighting in the jebels) result will be nil.
Also known as a Show of Peace when the Taliban clocked on how to push their luck without stepping into offensive RoE territory.
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Yes, that was what I was thinking. It did not appear very well coordinated or well planned. Just 2 fast jets randomly flying around. Strange.
If you were referring to the video showing some sort of a display, like I said, it is not the actual team who had the incident but the "French Rafale Solo Display" with his coach in tow doing a routine recon of the airfield to take ground marks. Something they do before every show when they arrive on site.
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Oh ok. Never known any other solo display to do that plus (excuse my ignorance) but presumably google maps is not sufficient for that purpose or even a briefing from ATC. Or...even flying around solo to check out ground features. Not sure why he needs a coach. Glad all ok though.
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