Comparison between Rafale and F-16

USA had already given F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan. Now India also has received 5 Rafale fighter jets from France. Now people want to know which fighter aircraft is better Rafale or F-16? Let's compare the two.
comparison between Rafale and F-16
comparison between Rafale and F-16

The United States is among the countries whose economic growth now rests only on the sale of arm and ammunition. USA instigates two neigbouring countries and then sells arms to both of them. This fact can be observed in the case of India and Pakistan.

Following this policy, the USA has given fourth-generation F-16 advanced fighter aircraft to Pakistan. But now India has also received the first batch of 5 Rafale aircraft from France.

Now many people in the world including India and Pakistan want to know which fighter aircraft is better between Rafale, and F-16?

Let's know in this article which jet is better between F-16 and Rafale, but before that, it is important to know a bit about these two fighter jets.

About F-16: The F-16 is the world's most successful, war-proven fourth-generation multirole fighter Jet. Its production was started by the USA in 1973.

There are more than 4600 units of this single-engine aircraft (F-16) have been built and currently, 3000 units are still in service.

Today, it is being used in 25 countries. Its speed is 2400 km per hour and the service duration is 12000 hours.

About Rafael:- Rafael is a multilayer fighter aircraft with two engines. This 4.5th generation fighter aircraft is made by the French company Dassault Aviation. Rafale can also be used for anti-nuclear strikes, anti-ship strikes, and in-depth operations. Its maximum speed is 2222 km/hour at high altitude.


Weight of Rafale:

Overall empty weight: 10 tn

Max. take-off weight: 24.5 tn

Fuel(internal): 4.7 tn 

Fuel (external): up to 6.7 tn

External load: 9.5 tn

There are 201 units of this fighter aircraft have been built since 1986. A gun fit in Rafale is capable of firing 2500 bullets in a minute, which makes it a very deadly fighter jet.

Comparison between Rafale and F-16







Manufacturing company 

Lockheed Martin

Dassault Aviation



Double engine  

Maximum speed

2400 km/hour

2222 km/hour at high altitude




Measurement of Jet 

The height is 5.09 mtr, length 15 mtr and wingspan is 9.44 mtr.

Rafael has a height of 5.30 meters, length 15.30 meters, and wingspan 10.90 meters.

Missiles in the Jet

It carries ''Amraam' missile which can hit upto 100 kilometers.

It is loaded with Meteor missile that can hit 150 km, The SCALP missile can shoot targets on land over 300 kms away. While HAMMER missile will be loaded soon.

Ceiling ability

254 meter per second

300 meter per second

Load taking capacity

21,272 KGS

24,500 KGS

Combat radius

4200 KMS.

3700 KMS

Radar System

It can hit 20 targets identified in 84 km radius

It can hit 40 targets identified in 100 km radius

The Meteor missile-equipped in the Rafale can hit the F16 jet from 150 KM distance in the air to air standoff, while the F16 will do so with the help of Amraam missile from the distance of 100 KM. So Rafale has an advantage of 50 KM. over the F16.

The comparative study done in this table shows that the Rafale aircraft is better than F16 on many parameters. 

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