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Rising to tomorrow’s aviation challenges

Dassault Aviation plays a pivotal role in the high-tech aerospace industry, for example through strategic partnerships with other corporations, small businesses, research organizations and prestigious universities.

FCAS (Future Combat Air System) candidate design mockup.

FCAS (Future Combat Air System) candidate design mockup © Dassault Aviation – P. Sagnes

Developing tomorrow’s combat aircraft

We have successfully managed the first joint European unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) program, nEUROn.

We are also continuing design studies with BAE Systems for a new UCAV, concerning the deployment concepts for a stealthy combat drone and the development of innovative technologies.

At the same time, we signed a statement of intent with Airbus Defence & Space and Finmeccanica to launch MALE 2020, a program for a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone.

The Patmar 2030 study establishes the principles for a future multimodal maritime patrol system, combining satellites, drones and combat aircraft.

Developing “green aviation”

We are funding our own research into “Future Falcons” based on innovative technologies such as integrated systems, advanced composites and aerodynamics, etc.

We are also participating in major European research programs. A member of the Clean Sky program since 2007, we are part of the Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft (SFWA) and Ecodesign Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD). In the follow-on program Clean Sky 2, whose ambitious research will continue through 2022, we are contributing to the development of future aircraft configurations, in particular as coordinator of the aerostructures facet.

Through the Hycarus project, we are participating in research on aviation applications for fuel cells.

In France, we partner the Corac civil aviation research council, and we’re contributing to studies on more ecological and economical business aircraft. One of our main projects is as prime contractor for a composite wing demonstrator. In 2015, we consolidated various architecture, layout and manufacturing concepts, and we’re starting demonstration work on onboard systems and advanced functions, along with research into tomorrow’s aircraft factory.

We are also involved in the Euroglider program for electric glider, in conjunction with students from the ISAE aeronautical engineering school. This research aims to promote the use of electrical energy in aviation.

A partner in space programs

We contribute to some of the European Space Agency’s interplanetary missions, for instance by supplying pyrotechnic equipment on the very successful Rosetta comet mission. Our pyromechanisms worked perfectly after years of travel in outer space.

On ESA’s IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) reentry demonstrator, we shared our expertise in advanced aerospace vehicles.

We are also supporting the SOAR project from Swiss Space Systems (S3), a vehicle designed to launch small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO). Based on our original VEHRA concept, and fitted with equipment from the Rafale and Falcon jets, SOAR is a robust, flexible and safe launch system.