"Business is a battle"
Our Falcons are business jets designed for the most demanding missions. Their agility, superior performance and the integration of innovations developed for military use make them unique.
Falcon 8X, the flagship
The Falcon 8X is the crown jewel of the Falcon customer experience. It has the longest cabin in our family and also offers an unparalleled level of comfort thanks to its exceptional soundproofing and the panoramic view from its 32 windows.
The 8X has a range of 6,450 nautical miles, which means it is capable of non-stop flights between Beijing and Los Angeles, Hong Kong and London. It can also be operated out of airports where conditions are tight: taking off from a Santa Monica (CA) runway that has been shortened by a third and which is known for its drastic anti-noise standards, a Falcon 8X broke a transcontinental speed record in 2019.
In addition, the Falcon 8X is 30% more eco-efficient than aircraft in its class.
The Falcon 8X features the FalconEye head-up Combined Vision System (CVS), certified to fly approaches in visibility as low as 100 feet. FalconEye combines synthetic terrain mapping with actual infrared/night vision images collected by onboard sensors. A configuration with a dual head-up display is currently under development.
Falcon 6x, a class all its own
The Falcon 6X program was launched in February 2018 for entry into service in 2022.
Its development is proceeding on schedule. With a top speed of Mach 0.90 and a range of 5,500 nautical miles, it will allow non-stop flights from Beijing to San Francisco.
This ultra-widebody aircraft will be able to hop from Washington D.C. to New York before continuing on to Geneva without having to refuel. Its cabin, the widest and tallest on the market, is particularly bright thanks to its softly curved design and overhead window.
The flight deck of the Falcon 6X features the latest version of the EASy avionics suite, as well as FalconSphere II and FalconEye systems.
Our top priorities are safety and the customer experience, especially in terms of providing the best possible work and communications environment. Accordingly, the Australian government fleet has opted for Falcon 7X aircraft that will be equipped with the latest broadband continuous data link connectivity solutions.
With FalconConnect, we are the first to have delivered an all-in-one connectivity solution for both passengers and operators. Management of both voice and data communications can now be handled simply and flexibly. This service is available on all our new aircraft and as a retrofit for existing aircraft.
Thanks to the FalconTalk application, FalconConnect also makes using mobile phones on board easy.
JetWave, our new high-speed satellite communication solution, allows passengers, thanks to the Inmarsat network, to browse the Internet, watch videos or take part in video-conferences, including during transoceanic flights.
As for the crew, FalconSphere II features an integrated Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) tablet solution that significantly reduces the time and complexity of flight preparation. The tablet includes numerous applications such as a Weight & Balance Module, Electronic Cruise Computation as well as FalconPerformance.
Our Falcon range is able to fly using alternative sustainable fuels (SAF). The Falcon 8X, the Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 2000S that we presented at the NBAA show in October 2019 all flew to Las Vegas using a mixture of SAF and conventional fuel. They did the same in May for the European EBACE exhibition.
Our fighter aircraft deliver what’s needed to meet current and future strategic challenges. France, Egypt, Qatar and India have all chosen Rafale fighters for their armed forces. We have now delivered 201 Rafales out of the 276 ordered, including 96 in export markets.
As of December 31, 2019, France has taken delivery of 152 Rafales out of the 180 ordered to date. A further order for 30 more aircraft is expected in the 2019-2025 military spending bill.
The Rafale has now logged a total of 305,000 flight-hours, including 48,500 hours in operation, making it one of the world’s most seasoned combat aircraft. Flown by both French air force and navy pilots, it has been deployed in a wide range of highly demanding theaters of operation: Afghanistan from 2007 to 2012, Libya in 2011, the Sahel, Iraq and Syria since 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The Rafale has demonstrated its outstanding versatility and combat effectiveness. The Rafale can handle a variety of missions that previously required seven different types of aircraft. It is one of the key components of the French system of deterrence. Its power-projection capabilities were once again illustrated during a record-breaking flight between Reunion Island and metropolitan France in January 2019.
Rafale F3-R in service
Designed from the ground up to be able to incorporate new features throughout its service life based on operational feedback, the new Rafale F3-R standard went into service in December 2019, as per schedule.
The standard features the Meteor air-to-air missile, the Talios laser designation pod and a new version of the AASM guided missile.
Rafale F4 under development
Officially announced in December 2018, the Rafale F4 standard will be validated in 2024, with some functions already available in 2022. It features innovative connectivity solutions to increase efficiency in networked combat and to prepare for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).
This standard includes new upgrades in terms of the radar and OSF search & track systems, helmet – mounted display, along with new weaponry: Mica NG air – to – air and 1,000 – kg AASM guided missiles.
The Rafale F4 will incorporate a new prognosis and diagnostic – aid system, providing predictive maintenance capabilities for the first time. Other solutions to optimize maintenance are planned, including those based on big data and artificial intelligence. In addition, the aircraft will be equipped with a new engine control unit.
Record export deliveries
Egypt was the first export customer for the Rafale, with an order for 24 planes placed in 2015. Delivery was completed in 2019.
Deliveries to Qatar kicked off in February 2019. Doha ordered 36 Rafales, including 24 in 2015 then another 12 in 2018, with an option on 36 more aircraft.
In terms of India, which has been a loyal customer since 1953, the program to deliver 36 Rafales is on schedule: the Indian Air Force (IAF) took delivery of the first of its aircraft in October 2019, within the time frame set out in the contract signed in 2016.
Maritime patrol and surveillance
The ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft is a key contributor to French sovereignty through the support it provides to the French nuclear ballistic missile submarines. The first two aircraft to be upgraded to standard 6 were delivered to the French Navy in the summer of 2019. We will deliver five other modernized ATL2s over the period 2020 – 2023.
In parallel with the work on the Falcon 8X Archange strategic intelligence aircraft and the Falcon 2000 Albatros (AVSIMAR), we are also manufacturing the Falcon 2000MSA for the Japan Coast Guard. Equipped with a Thales active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, this maritime surveillance aircraft offers the optimum combination of size, payload, speed, range, and cost of ownership. We have delivered the first four of the six aircraft ordered.
Our military aircraft help defend a number of different countries around the world, while our business aircraft enhance corporate efficiency. These are crucial long – term challenges. Our support solutions are sound, efficient and tailored to the specific requirements of each user.
We support a thousand military aircraft and more than 2,100 Falcon business jets in some 80 countries. Whether civil or military aircraft, our proactive focus is the same: reducing costs, improving dispatch reliability and delivering targeted, local services. We support our customers day after day, today and far into the future, by maintaining the tools and expertise needed to service our planes over the decades of their operating lives.
The 3DExperience platform ensures digital continuity from design and production to support. The development of our new support packages is based on software modules shared between Falcon and military aircraft support. New services intended for flight crews are also developed according to our dual civil/military capabilities.
Our big data approach to support, based on Dassault Systèmes’ Exalead technology, allows us to share all data concerning the service lives of our aircraft. Using contextual visualization or dynamic dashboards, it allows cross – functional analyses and predictive maintenance models. The digital twin approach, which compares the actual aircraft’s performance to its digital model, further increases our forecasting ability.
Custom-tailored military support
In May 2019, Dassault Aviation was awarded the vertically-integrated Ravel operational support contract for the period 2019-2029. Ravel henceforth places almost all equipment and systems (excluding engines) under the control of the aircraft manufacturer, as is the case for exports, thus optimizing aircraft dispatch reliability. Management of support operations will be carried out using a support management information system and a big data platform.
Top-notch Falcon customer service
The exceptional quality of our customer service has been rewarded this year with first place in the Aviation International News (AIN) and ProPilot surveys, which are the benchmarks in this area.
In particular, AIN ranked Dassault Aviation first for parts availability, spare parts costs, responsiveness in terms of aircraft on ground (AOG) events, as well as for overall aircraft reliability. ProPilot ranks us first for spare parts availability and satisfaction in terms of Falcon maintenance.
Falcon support, ever closer to the customer
Our strategy of developing Falcon support and of enhancing the customer experience has been further reinforced with the acquisition of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses of ExecuJet, TAG Aviation (in Europe) and Ruag, which were announced in early 2019. These entities bolster our presence in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, by adding 17 new service center locations.
In France, following the ramp-up of the new Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) facility in Mérignac, which can handle up to six Falcon 8X class aircraft, the modernization of DFS facilities at Le Bourget will improve our MRO capacity for the Falcon 7X and 8X.
A new distribution center near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport will help improve the efficiency of FalconResponse, our 24/7 AOG assistance service.
Range at Mach 0.80 with eight passengers, three crew members, NBAA IFR reserves, ISA conditions, full fuel tank.