Civil and military aircraft

Rafale and Falcon
Rafale on French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

Serving armed forces

Our fighter aircraft deliver what’s needed to meet current and future strategic challenges. While 325 Rafales fighters had been ordered (133 for export) and 239 delivered at the end of 2021, by 2022, there will be 453 Rafales on order (261 for export), once the UAE, Indonesia and Greece contracts come into effect.

Proven performance

The Rafale has now logged a total of more than 370,500 flight-hours (including 58,500 operational hours since 2007), making it one of the world’s most seasoned combat aircraft. It has been flown by French pilots in extremely demanding military theaters. The aircraft has demonstrated its outstanding versatility and combat effectiveness. It can handle a variety of missions that previously required seven different types of aircraft. The Rafale is one of the key components of the French system of nuclear deterrence.

France has ordered a total of 192 Rafales, including 12 aircraft to compensate for those sold to Greece. Out of these, 152 have already been delivered. A further order for 30 more Rafales (for delivery after 2027) is planned as part of the 2019-2025 military spending bill. And 12 further Rafales will be ordered to offset those sold to Croatia.

Rafale F3-R in service

The Rafale has been designed to be able to incorporate new features throughout its service life based on operational feedback. The F3-R standard entered operational capability on schedule in December 2019. Less than a year later, in September 2020, it completed its first combat mission. The standard features the Meteor air-to-air missile, the Talios laser designation pod and the latest version of the AASM guided missile.


Rafale F4 under development

Launched in December 2018, the F4 standard is set to be validated in 2024, with some functions already available in 2022. The F4’s connectivity will increase its effectiveness in networked combat and pave the way for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This standard will include upgrades in terms of the radar and OSF search & track systems, helmet-mounted display, along with Mica NG air-to-air and 1,000-kg AASM guided missiles.


Rafale exports vindicated

The United Arab Emirates signed a contract for 80 Rafale F4s in December 2021, which is the largest military export order ever secured by Dassault Aviation.

In February 2022, Indonesia signed a two-phase contract for 42 Rafales (6 plus 36). The deal provides for delivery of a comprehensive solution, including training, logistical support and offsets. Indonesia is a first-time customer for Dassault Aviation and its second Rafale customer in the Indo-Pacific region.

On top of an initial purchase of 24 Rafales in 2015, Egypt announced a second order in November 2021.

Greece is the first European country to acquire the Rafale. An initial contract for 6 new and 12 pre-owned aircraft was signed in January 2021. Six further new Rafales were ordered in March 2022.

In November 2021, Croatia purchased 12 pre-owned Rafales from the French air force under a government-to-government agreement. Dassault Aviation has been contracted to provide maintenance for this fleet of aircraft.

India ordered 36 Rafales in 2016. The Indian Air Force (IAF) took delivery of the first of its aircraft in October 2019.

Qatar has ordered 36 Rafales – 24 in 2015 and a further 12 in 2017 —, with an option on 36 more aircraft. Delivery of these aircraft began in February 2019.


ATL2 and special Falcons

Our ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft, which play a key role in France’s system of deterrence, are currently undergoing modernization.

Work on the Falcon 8X Archange strategic intelligence aircraft is continuing.

In December 2020, the French Navy placed an order for 7 Falcon Albatros aircraft (based on the Falcon 2000LXS). Delivery of these maritime surveillance and intervention aircraft (AVSIMAR) are set to begin in 2025, with 12 to be delivered in total.

All of the 6 Falcon 2000MSA maritime surveillance aircraft ordered by the Japan Coast Guard have been delivered.


Falcon 8X in flight

Falcon, a unique business asset

The comfort and versatility of our Falcon business jets makes them suited to the most demanding missions; the incorporation of military-inspired innovations sets them apart from the competition.

Falcon Family

Our Falcons are state-of-the-art instruments designed to carry out highly sophisticated tasks while providing exceptional passenger comfort:

  • the ability to fly to destinations that are as close as possible to where passengers need to go, and to use thousands of runways that are inaccessible to large aircraft, including short or high-altitude landing strips; this can be achieved even in poor weather conditions, thanks in particular to our FalconEye head-up Combined Vision System (CVS);
  • eco-efficiency superior to other aircraft in the same category and the ability to fly using a 50% sustainable alternative fuel (SAF);
  • exceptional cabin comfort thanks to the outstanding handling quality provided by our flight controls, enhanced soundproofing and pressurization, and superior air quality;
  • design and manufacturing excellence, as attested to by our commercial, military and government customers, and backed by our commitment to customer support;
  • high-speed Internet connectivity for passengers and crew thanks to a comprehensive range of products and services, enabling seamless and secure use of connected devices.

Falcon 10X, a perfect Ten

Unveiled in May 2021, the Falcon 10X is set to be the most spacious, comfortable and innovative business jet on the market. It will have a top speed of Mach 0.925 and a range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) and will be powered by 2 Rolls Royce Pearl® 10X engines with a thrust of over 18,000 pounds (lbf) each. Its entry into service is scheduled for late 2025.

The Falcon 10X is designed to feel like “a home away from home” whatever the circumstances, including during flights of over 15 hours. Its cabin is exceptionally spacious, bright and relaxing. Over 6 ft 8 in high and over 9 ft wide, the interior can accommodate up to four sitting areas, with the option of a shower and a queen-size bed. The aircraft provides passengers with a purified air supply and a cabin altitude of 3,000 ft when flying at 41,000 ft.

The Falcon 10X is packed with technological advances, many of which stem from our expertise in fighter aircraft: high-aspect-ratio composite wings; digital flight controls that produce the Falcon’s signature flight smoothness; ability to negotiate the most challenging runways (such as London City); data fusion and automatic recovery mode for optimal safety; high-performance and intuitive connectivity; optimized flight paths; and the option of using SAF to reduce the aircraft’s environmental footprint.


Falcon 6X, a class all its own

Launched in February 2018 for entry into service in 2022, the Falcon 6X was rolled out in December 2020 and completed its first flight on March 10, 2021, paving the way for its certification test campaign.

Offering unbeatable levels of comfort and performance, it is set to redefine the passenger flight experience, both in terms of routine duties and long-distance travel. Passengers can relax in a harmonious and ergonomically designed cocoon, the product of a meticulous attention to each detail – from air to light; from acoustics to materials and trim. Boasting the widest and tallest cabin in its category and awash in light thanks to its 30 large windows, the Falcon 6X took away top prize at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards for Private Jet Design (Large Jets category), as well as a Red Dot Design Award for its cabin design.


Falcon 8X, the ultimate in comfort

The Falcon 8X is the crown jewel of the Falcon customer experience currently in service. Its cabin offers an unparalleled level of comfort thanks to its exceptional soundproofing and the panoramic view from its 32 windows. Comfort levels have been further improved thanks to a new interior, which features lighting that adapts to the body’s circadian rhythms on long-haul flights, as well as an intuitive Innovative Cabin System (ICS) interface and enhanced connectivity.

The Falcon 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.


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Customer support: anytime, anywhere

Our military aircraft help defend a number of countries around the world, while our business aircraft enhance corporate efficiency. These are crucial long-term challenges. Our proven operational support solutions are tailored to the specific requirements of each user.

Preferred partner

We support 1,000 military aircraft and 2,100 Falcon business jets in some 90 countries. Our approach is the same for both our civil and military customers: responsive, high-performance service based on attention to customer needs – combined with a focus on innovation and reducing costs. We support our customers day after day, on an ongoing basis, by maintaining the tools and expertise needed to service our planes over the decades of their operating lives.

During the health crisis, our priority remained the support of aircraft that were in service, whether military or civilian. We have built up our inventories and are fully maintaining our technical support and training capabilities.

Digital upgrades

The 3DExperience platform ensures digital continuity from design right through to manufacturing and support. Our support solutions are based on software modules common to both Falcon and military aircraft.

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 and fleets. It enables 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 capabilities, thus improving aircraft availability.

Custom-tailored military support

In May 2019, we were entrusted with a 10-year vertically-integrated Ravel operational support contract for the French Rafale fleet. This places almost all equipment and systems (excluding the engine and ejection seat) under our control in order to optimize aircraft dispatch reliability.
In December 2021, the French government expanded our scope of responsibilities by awarding us the vertically-integrated Balzac support contract for the French fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters. A similar (10-year) contract for the support of ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft was announced in September 2020.

In addition, our customers benefit from the high-level training we provide for pilots and maintenance technicians, thanks in particular to the Conversion Training Center (CTC), which we have set up at our Mérignac facility.


Supporting our customers

The Falcon family has experienced first-hand our ability to meet our customers’ needs in the midst of a crisis. For the third year in a row, Dassault Aviation took first place in the AIN business jet support survey. The survey awarded particularly high marks for the following: speed of response in the event of a grounded aircraft (AOG) thanks to our FalconResponse assistance system, which is operational around the clock; and our FalconCare service by the hour program (Essentials, Elite and Select), which tailors our services as closely as possible to individual customers’ needs.

Global network

We provide a global MRO network. The acquisition, in 2019, of the MRO businesses of ExecuJet, TAG Aviation (in Europe) and Ruag has expanded our presence in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 2021, our offering was further enhanced with the expansion of Dassault Falcon Service’s facilities in Mérignac and Execujet’s facilities in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Ready for the Falcon 6X

As soon as it enters service, the Falcon 6X will be covered by an integrated and responsive maintenance system. Our staff, facilities and spare parts inventory are all fully prepared. The consolidation of our MRO teams at the Mérignac facility will ensure greater efficiency and agility thanks to optimal coordination between customer support, the design office and manufacturing teams.


Rafale and Falcon 8X

Our aircraft programs

Rafale Air C (single-seat)

Wingspan: 10.9 m
Length: 15.3 m
Height: 5.3 m
Empty weight: ≈10 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 24.5 t
External stores capacity: 9.5 t


Rafale Air B (twin-seat)

Wingspan: 10.9 m
Length: 15.3 m
Height: 5.3 m
Empty weight: ≈10 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 24.5 t
External stores capacity: 9.5 t


Rafale Marine (single-seat)

Wingspan: 10.9 m
Length: 15.3 m
Height: 5.3 m
Empty weight: ≈10.5 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 24.5 t
External stores capacity: 9.5 t


Mirage 2000-5 and 2000-9

Wingspan: 9.1 m
Length: 14.3 m
Height: 5.4 m
Empty weight: 8 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 17.5 t
External stores capacity: 6.2 t


Mirage 2000-D (two-seat)

Wingspan: 9.1 m
Length: 14.3 m
Height: 5.4 m
Empty weight: 8 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 16.5 t
External stores capacity: 5.7 t


Falcon Archange

Falcon Archange

 Wingspan: 26.3 m
Length: 24.5 m
Height: 7.9 m


Falcon 2000MRA/MSA

Wingspan: 21.4 m
Length: 20.2 m
Height: 7.1 m
Empty weight: 11.3 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 19.4 t
External stores capacity: 2.2 t


Falcon Albatros

Wingspan: 21.4 m
Length: 20.2 m
Height: 7.1 m


ATL2

Wingspan: 37.5 m
Length: 31.7 m
Height: 10.8 m
Empty weight: 25.7 t
Maximum takeoff weight: 46.2 t


nEUROn

Wingspan: 12.5 m
Length: 10 m
Height: 2.5 m
Empty weight: 5 t


Falcon 10X

Wingspan: 33.6 m
Length: 33.4 m
Height: 8.4 m
Range: 7,500 nm (13,890 km)

New York → Shanghai
Los Angeles → Sydney
Paris → Santiago


Falcon 8X

Wingspan: 26.3 m
Length: 24.5 m
Height: 7.9 m
Range: 6,450 nm (11,945 km)

Beijing → New York
Paris → Singapore
São Paulo → Moscow


Falcon 7X

Wingspan: 26.2 m
Length: 23.4 m
Height: 7.9 m
Range: 5,950 nm (11,020 km)

Zurich → San Francisco
Paris → Hong Kong
Beijing → Zurich


Falcon 6X

Wingspan: 25.9 m
Length: 25.7 m
Height: 7.5 m
Range: 5,500 nm (10,186 km)

Los Angeles → Geneva
Beijing → San Francisco
Moscow → Singapore


Falcon 900LX

Wingspan: 21.4 m
Length: 20.2 m
Height: 7.7 m
Range: 4,750 nm (8,800 km)

Shanghai → Moscow
Mumbai → London City Airport
Chicago →  Zurich


Falcon 2000LXS

Wingspan: 21.4 m
Length: 20.2 m
Height: 7.1 m
Range: 4,000 nm (7,400 km)

Zurich → Mumbai
Dubai → London City Airport
New York → Rome


Range at Mach 0.80 with eight passengers, three crew members, NBAA IFR reserves, ISA conditions, full fuel tank.

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