Jean-Yves le Drian (French MoD) told La Tribune that he plans to launch the development of the future F3-R standard before the end of 2013.
A risk reduction contract was signed earlier, in December 2012, for the preliminary studies one this standard which will give the Rafale :
- the Meteor ;
- the PDL NG to replace the Damocles ;
- IFF mode 5/S ;
- improved L16 ;
- Spectra upgrades ;
- Reco NG upgrades.