Why did Serbia opt for 12 French Rafale fighters over Russia’s Su-30SM?

For the first time, the Ukrainian Army used the American Switchblade UAV on the battlefield, and it exceeded expectations.

Serbia finally decided to order the French Rafale fighter instead of the Russian Su-30SM. Belgrade is expected to order a batch of 12 at first, then increase the quantity to purchase more.

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Despite being one of the most expensive 4.5-generation fighter in the world, with prices ranging around $200 million each, French Rafale fighters continue to dominate the export market.

Serbian authorities have announced that they will purchase 12 Rafale fighter jets from France. Initially, Serbian authorities planned to sign a contract with Russia to supply 12 Su-30SM fighters, but after careful consideration, Belgrade decided to purchase the French aircraft.

According to La Tribune, Serbia purchased new fighters to gradually replace the MiG-21, Soko G-4 Super Gale, Soko J-22 Orao, and even the MiG-29 that are currently in service.

Although the exact reason for the choice of French fighter aircraft over Russian aircraft is unknown, experts believe that the current Western sanctions imposed on Russia are to blame. As a result, Serbia decided to cancel the Su-30SM deal.

The Dassault Rafale is a twin-engined delta wing multi-role fighter that is widely regarded as the epitome of French design. They are armed with a variety of weapons weighing more than 9 tonnes, outweighing the MiG-35 and Su-35, which only have about 8 tonnes of weapons.

Rafale is the French Air Force’s primary fighter, and it is manufactured by Dassault Aviation, one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers. Rafale has been a member of the French Air Force since the early 2000s.

The Rafale can carry out missions such as reconnaissance, air superiority, ground and water attack, and tactical nuclear bombing. This type of aircraft was used in combat for the first time in Libya and Syria, and it performed admirably.

They won at least once in air combat drills with the F-35 stealth fighters. According to observers, the Rafale outperforms the MiG-35 and, in some cases, outperforms the Russian Su-35. The cost of this type of fighter is comparable to that of the F-35 in the United States.

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