Dassault Aviation's Rafale is a multirole combat aircraft, featuring low observability and capable of performing an extremely wide range of missions, day or night, in all weather conditions. Available in three versions (M, B or C), the Rafale can operate from from aircraft carriers or short fields.
The Safran Landing Systems landing gear on the Rafale M (Navy version - see below) are considered the most advanced system for carrier-compatible aircraft. Compared to the Rafale B and C (Air force Version - see above) the nose and main landing gears on the navy version have been reinforced to satisfy the difficult aircraft carriers landing and catapulting conditions for this type of aircraft. To meet this requirement, the gears have been designed to absorb landing vertical energy at a speed of 6,5 meters per second. The Rafale Navy version nose gear not only incorporates the catapult bar and its operating mechanism, but also the unique "jump strut technology" in the shock absorber to give the aircraft an angle of attack during catapulting. One advantage of this gear is its ground maneuverability, due to the wheel which can be oriented at 360°, with steering control to +/- 75°.
Safran Landing Systems also supplies wheels and carbon brakes, as well as braking, steering and gear extension-retractions systems for the Rafale.
High pressure hydraulic generation (5,000 psi) is also provided by Safran Landing Systems (a high pressure technology which has also been developed by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty for its A380 systems).