“Business is a battle”
Our Falcons are high-end business jets. They stand out thanks to their agility, the quality of the associated systems and services and the incorporation of highly innovative solutions, some drawn from military aviation.
Falcon 6x, a class all its own
The Falcon 6X addresses market demand for a large-cabin, long- range business jet. It was launched in February 2018, with entry into service expected in 2022. The 6X features the largest cabin in its class (2.52 meters in diameter), and can carry up to 16 passengers in three distinct lounges. We redesigned the cabin to deliver an exceptional flying experience, while offering the best sound insulation on the market, in line with the Falcon 8X. The twin- engine Falcon 6X has been optimized for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D turbofan, giving it a maximum speed of Mach 0.90 and a range of 5,500 nautical miles. In other words, it will allow non- step flights at cruise speed between Los Angeles and Geneva, or Beijing and San Francisco. Our new business jet will also offer brand- new avionics and flight deck, the third- generation EASy III, along with Falcon Sphere II and FalconEye systems.
Falcon 8X, our flagship
The Falcon 8X is our flagship business jet. Since deliveries started in 2016, it has shown remarkable maturity, excellent performance and incomparable acoustic comfort in the cabin. The 8X offers a range of 6,450 nautical miles, which means it is capable of non- stop flights between Beijing and New York, Singapore and London, or São Paulo and Moscow. It can also be operated out of airports that are inaccessible to competitors, such as London City, from which it can take off for a non- stop flight to New York. And it’s 30% more eco- efficient that other aircraft in its class.
Exceptional services and systems
Our Falcon jets offer the latest advances in services and systems.
For example, the FalconEye combined vision system (CVS) is the first system of this type to be offered in a head-up display (HUD) on a business aircraft.
The FalconEye system overlays a synthetic vision of the plane’s surroundings on the pilot’s natural view. By adding images from sensors to their own views, the crew enjoys unrivaled situational awareness and flight safety, day or night and even in bad weather.
Falcon Sphere II is an integrated Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution that makes flight planning much easier. It is based on a tablet offering a number of applications, including weight & balance module, electronic cruise computation and Falcon Performance.
JetWave, a high-speed broadband antenna, allows passengers to surf the Web, watch videos, or participate in videoconferences anywhere in the world, including during transoceanic flights, via the Inmarsat Global Xpress network.
FalconTalk is a very user-friendly application that allows the simple use of mobile phones on the plane.
FalconBroadcast gives support staff technical information in real time, so they can plan ahead, according to scheduled stopovers, for any servicing needed. The upshot is improved dispatch reliability for our airplanes.
Falcon family features
The entire Falcon family emphasizes passenger comfort. For example, the Falcon 900 cabin has been completely redesigned, and now incorporates the acoustic insulation system from the 8X, widely recognized as the quietest on the market. The design of this new customer experience was guided by a feeling of spaciousness, customizable LED lighting, an ergonomic approach and equipment functionality.
Furthermore, Falcon jets can land at a larger number of airports than their competitors, to offer more options in point to point flights. At the same time, they feature low operating costs and excellent ecological performance. In 2017, we delivered our 2,500th Falcon jet.
Dassault Aviation delivers what’s needed to meet current and future challenges. France, Egypt, Qatar and India have all chosen Rafale fighters for their armed forces. A total of 276 Rafales have now been ordered, including 96 in export markets. All of these initial customers also deploy Dassault’s Mirage 2000 fighters.
French Rafales: combat-proven
France has ordered a total of 180 Rafales, with 149 delivered as of the end of 2017. A fifth batch of 30 more aircraft is expected in the 2019-2025 military spending bill. Flown by both air force and navy pilots, these aircraft have been deployed in a wide range of demanding theaters of operation. They have now logged 38,000 hours in operation and a total of 235,000 flight- hours, making the Rafale one of the most seasoned new- generation combat aircraft. It has demonstrated its outstanding versatility and combat effectiveness in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2012, in Libya in 2011, and in the Sahel, Iraq and Syria since 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. The Rafale can handle a variety of missions that previously required seven different types of aircraft.
The Rafale was designed from the ground up to incorporate new capabilities throughout its service life, based on operating feedback. The new F3-R standard will enter service in early 2019, with features including the new Meteor air-to-air missile, the Talios laser designation pod and a new version of the AASM Hammer guided missile.
Export Rafales: from success to success
Egypt, the first export customer for the Rafale, ordered 24 aircraft in 2015. By the end of 2017, 14 had been delivered.
India ordered 36 Rafales in 2016, to be delivered starting in 2019. The country is also in the process of modernizing its fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters, upgrading them to the 2000-5 standard. India’s Rafale order includes a commitment to industrial and technological offsets, within the scope of the Make in India policy. Furthermore, this latest contract extends a solid relationship between India and Dassault Aviation, reaching back to the 1950s.
Qatar placed its first order in 2015, for 24 Rafales, with deliveries to start in 2019. In 2017, Qatar signed an agreement with Dassault Aviation to convert an option for 12 more Rafale and signed a new agreement on future collaboration, including an option on another 36 aircraft. With the converted option, a total of 96 Rafales have now been ordered in export markets.
More special-mission Falcons
Our Falcon jets are designed by the same department as for the Rafale fighter, and offer long endurance plus the ability to use short and challenging runways. In other words, they are ideally suited to a wide range of government missions.
The Falcon 2000 MRA maritime reconnaissance aircraft fulfills a broad spectrum of missions, including the fight against piracy, trafficking and pollution, fishery control, search & rescue, surveillance, etc. It offers the best combination of size, payload, speed, endurance and total cost of ownership, and features an active electrically scanned array radar (AESA) from Thales. In 2017, the Japan Coast Guard acquired a fourth plane of this type.
In early 2018, the French Armed Forces Ministry announced its choice of Dassault Aviation to integrate the universal electronic warfare capability (CUGE) function, developed by Thales through the Epicure program, into three Falcon jets.
Right from the initial design, our civil and military aircraft integrate all of our customers’ requirements and expectations. And then throughout their long service life, our teams deliver top-flight support.
Custom-tailored military support
We provide complete military support services worldwide, to ensure the full operational capability of our aircraft for many years to come.
Our support solutions are based on a clear commitment to maximum dispatch reliability. Support packages such as Rafale Care, Mirage Care and ATL2 Care are fixed- price by- the- hour contracts that meet the needs of today’s armed forces anywhere in the world.
In export markets we provide highly personalized services, calling on local technical experts if needed to support our own service offering, which ranges from periodic checks to major overhauls.
In 2017, the United Arab Emirates armed forces announced that they would be modernizing their Mirage 2000- 9 fighter fleet.
Our ability to continuously upgrade our aircraft is shown by several modernization programs already under way, including for the French navy’s ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft, the French air force’s Mirage 2000 D fighters and India’s Mirage 2000 fighters.
Our teams leverage new information technologies (big data, diagnostics, prognostics, virtual and augmented reality) to offer customers new applications designed to optimize operational and maintenance management.
We are also continuing our commitment to training our customers’ pilots and mechanics, not only in France, of course, but also for the Egyptian and Qatari armed forces.
Unrivaled Falcon support
FalconResponse is an assistance service that is unrivaled in the business aircraft market. If any of our planes are grounded, we deploy two Falcon 900s to ferry the human and material resources needed to quickly get these planes back in the air – as well as carrying our customers to their destination if needed.
This system is based on three complementary activities. One of our three Command Centers triggers and coordinates assistance missions, operating 24 / 7. The three centers are located in France, in Saint- Cloud, and in the United States, in Teterboro, New Jersey, and Boise, Idaho.
Falcon Spares distributes spare parts from 15 warehouses located around the world, while our Falcon Go Teams can be dispatched on site to share their expertise.
Our after-sales support network now counts more than 50 service stations, including the new Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) facility in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, which can handle up to six Falcon 8X size aircraft at a time. In addition to conventional maintenance, this facility handles structural repairs, cabin layouts, avionics modifications and painting. Dassault Falcon Service celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The Dassault Training Academy provides training courses for operators and service stations that work with our Falcon jets.
Falcon Immersive Practical Training is a new virtual reality system that provides advanced training for mechanics.