“Rafale already use several several air-to-ground US-made weapons (GBU 12, 24, 49, as well as unguided weapons). More importantly, its weapon bus is fully compliant with NATO Stanag 3910/1553.”
What was NOT SAID... anything about A2A weapons/sensor suite. I wonder how easily radars, missiles and data-links compatible with USAF stuff could be added? That is one of the benefits that we had: CF-18’s were essentially interchangeable in the air defense role with USAF/USN fighters.
I like the Rafael as an air frame and it would be a good choice, but it’s like asking a Mac user to switch to a PC. When you dig down into interoperability, you have to think long & hard before you switch.
Was the Eurofighter Typhoon even a consideration?