Thursday, June 30, 2022

Qatar orders helmet-mounted display systems for its new Rafale fighter jets

On January 24, 2017, from the airport of the company Dassault Aviation had been performed the new series of flights of the built for Qatar Air Force fighter Dassault Rafale – the two-seater Rafale DQ (serial number DQ01).

According to and after observing the photographs, the Qatar Air Force decided to equip itself with the sight of new helmet-mounted display systems. The system called Targo 2 and developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems.

The Targo solution enables pilots to plan, rehearse, fly and debrief using their personal helmets, providing them with increased situational awareness, safety levels and operational abilities. Targo is available in a stand-alone configuration or fully integrated with the aircraft’s avionics, including the Embedded Virtual Avionics (EVA™) training solution.


Rafale fighter jets for Qatar significantly differ from those of the Air Force of France and Egypt, therefore, they will undergo extensive and continuous testing program.

The contract amounting to 6.3 billion euros was signed on May 4, 2015, and foresees the delivery of 24 fighter aircraft Dassault Rafale (18 single-seat Rafale EQ and six two-seater Rafale DQ) to Qatar, as well as missiles air-to-air MICA IR, MICA EM, and Meteor. It also envisages the supply of cruise missiles SCALP-EG and guided bombs, GBU, and AASM. Qatar Air Force should receive the first fighter Rafale in mid-2018 as the pace of deliveries will be one plane per month.

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