French instution responsable from armement the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) approved the Rafale's new F3-R standard.
France has already launched an upgrade program for F3-R for all 144 Rafale aircraft currently in service. The first ten Rafale F3-R aircraft, will be used by the Air Force and the French Navy to work on their operational implementation.
The F3R standard is an evolution of the Rafale F3 standard.
New standard ables aircraft to operate from a land base or an aircraft carrier, capable of carrying 1.5 times its weight in weapons and fuel.