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Highlights

2015

Falcon 8X first flight at Bordeaux-Mérignac, 6th february 2015. Test pilots Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne leaving the aircraft after a successful first flight.

Falcon 8X first flight at Bordeaux-Mérignac, 6th February 2015. Test pilots Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne leaving the aircraft after a successful first flight. © Dassault Aviation – P. Stroppa

FEBRUARY

First flight of the Falcon 8X
The first flight, lasting one hour and forty-five minutes, was a complete success.

Rafales for Egypt
On February 16 in Cairo, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Éric Trappier signed the first Rafale export contract, with Egypt, for 24 aircraft. Also attending the ceremony was Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defense.

Dassault Aviation, partner in Europe’s IXV reentry demonstrator
The IXV atmospheric reentry technology demonstrator successfully completed its mission after being launched by a Vega rocket on February 11.

MARCH

French president visits Dassault Aviation
Éric Trappier welcomed French President François Hollande to our Bordeaux-Mérignac plant, showing him the Rafale assembly line.

Modernized Mirage 2000s delivered to India
Dassault Aviation and Thales delivered the first modernized Mirage 2000 fighters to the Indian government.

APRIL

Rafales for India
During a visit to Paris on April 10, 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his country’s intention of quickly acquiring 36 Rafale fighters.

Falcon 2000 MRA
On April 22, 2015, the Japanese Coast Guard chose the Falcon 2000 maritime surveillance aircraft.

MAY

Rafales for Qatar
Éric Trappier signed a contract with Qatar on May 4, 2015 in Doha, for 24 Rafale fighters.

European partners launch design study for MALE drone
On May 18, Germany, France and Italy officially launched a design study for a European medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone. The industry partners in this project are Dassault Aviation, Airbus Defence & Space and Finmeccanica.

JUNE

Falcon 5X rollout
The Falcon 5X was officially rolled out on June 2 at the Bordeaux-Mérignac plant in front of journalists and 400 guests, including customers, operators, industry partners, certification authorities and local officials.

Paris Air Show
Éric Trappier presented the first Rafale Awards to air force and navy pilots with distinguished records.

Rafale B Egypt in flight above the pyramids.

Rafale B Egypt in flight above the pyramids. © D.R.

JULY

Delivery of first three Egyptian Rafales
The official delivery ceremony for the first three Egyptian Rafales took place on July 20.

SEPTEMBER

nEUROn bombing test
The nEUROn combat drone demonstrator successfully released a bomb from its internal stores bay, further confirming the success of this program.

OCTOBER

Dassault Falcon Service at Bordeaux-Mérignac
On October 16, Éric Trappier laid the cornerstone for Dassault Falcon Service’s new maintenance facility.

NOVEMBER

Inauguration of the expanded Little Rock plant
An extension spanning some 32,500 square meters (351,000 sq ft) will bolster the Little Rock, Arkansas plant’s excellence in Falcon completion services.

2016

MARCH

Operational combat drone demonstrator
On March 3, the French and British governments decided to start the development of an unmanned combat air system (UCAS) in 2017.

Dassault Aviation, France’s favorite company
On March 24 the Randstad Awards named Dassault Aviation as the most attractive company in France.