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Dassault wins French contract to upgrade the Rafale fighter

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PARIS/(Reuters) - France's said on Monday it had received a contract from the to update the fighter jet as plans simultaneously gather speed for a longer-term project to build a Franco-German successor.

The so-called F4 version of the multi-role Rafale, which is being developed for a reported investment of 2 billion euros, will include greater connectivity to allow "networked combat," said in a statement.

It will also involve upgraded sensors and optronics, a sophisticated helmet-mounted display and the integration of new air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.

The upgrade to France's national fighter programme comes as and fine-tune plans to commission studies for a future Franco-German aerial combat system known as FCAS.

Two industry sources said the first-stage study contract, providing funding for design studies for a manned and unmanned system to replace the and rival Eurofighter, was expected to be signed at the end of January.

The venture is set to become Europe's largest ever defence project and is being led by on behalf of the French and Airbus, whose defence arm is a partner in the four-nation Eurofighter, on behalf of

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Andrea Shalal; editing by Richard Lough)

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:38 IST