France has contracted Dassault Aviation with a $2.3 billion for 28 upgraded Rafale aircraft which will be delivered in 2023. The aircraft will include some of the F-4 standard’s function. The F-4 standard is part of the ongoing process to improve the Rafale in line with technological progress and operating experience feedback. The update includes upgraded radar sensors and front sector optronics as well as improved capabilities in the helmet-mounted display. With the F-4 standard, the aircraft will be able to receive more data and improve the data rate. It will also feature new weapons such as the MBDA’s Mica NG air-to-air missile and 1,000kg AASM air-to-ground modular weapon.