France is willing to sell Rafale fighters to interested countries, and rarely has any political conditions attached to it.
The fact that the opponents turned to the French Rafale fighter posed many challenges for Russia. The French Rafale fighters can completely threaten the export position of Russia’s Su-35 fighters. Many countries have turned to the Rafale multi-role fighter as an alternative after the US refused to sell the F-35.
The Rafale fighter is likely to be the strongest opponent of the Su-35 in the sky, because France and a number of potential rival countries of Russia have and will own this fighter line.
To be fair, the Rafale is one of the most powerful 4++ fighters in the West. The combat capacity of the Rafale is considered to be equivalent, even better than the Su-35 in some parameters such as weapon payload and electronic equipment.
Considered the elite of the French, the Dassault Rafale is a highly versatile and efficient multi-role fighter. The Rafale is equipped with an advanced avionics system. Modern glass cockpit with large LCD displays providing detailed information about the aircraft’s weapon, fuel, and surroundings.
One of the unique things that makes the Rafale so powerful is the integrated defensive-aids system named SPECTRA, which protects the aircraft against airborne and ground threats, developed as a joint venture between Thales and MBDA. This system helps increase situational awareness, and provide the most suitable countermeasures, helping to increase the survivability of the aircraft in combat.
The Rafale is powered by two Snecma M88-4e turbofan engines, producing 50 kN of dry thrust each, and 70 kN with afterburner. The engines use a digital fuel control system that increases thrust, saves fuel and reduces the infrared signature. Analysts say that the life of the Rafale’s airframe and engines is significantly higher than that of the Su-30/35.