A fighter whose characteristics resemble its name, the Dassault Rafale ("Squall") is one of the most capable 4.5th generation fighters in service, and arguably the most potent European aircraft operating from carriers. Designed in both navalized and land-based versions, it replaced aircraft in Armee De L'Air (French air force) service that could only be described as legends themselves, such as the Mirage 2000 and Super Etendard. Unlike many newer combat aircraft, the Rafale has seen combat in multiple conflicts, although primarily in the Middle Eastern theatre. It has chiefly served with France, but a multitude of countries have shown interest in the fighter. It has a fairly promising, though not spectacular, export potential due to competition from F-35s, Gripens, Typhoons, and possibly even the Su-35.