"Business is a battle"
Our Falcons are business jets designed for the most demanding missions. Their versatility, comfort as well as the incorporation of highly innovative solutions, some drawn from military aviation, set them apart.
The Falcon family
Our Falcons are state-of-the-art instruments designed to carry out highly sophisticated tasks while providing exceptional passenger comfort. The Falcon family stands out thanks to a series of distinctive qualities :
- 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 the harshest weather conditions, thanks in particular to our FalconEye head-up Combined Vision System (CVS);
- exceptional eco-efficiency compared to other aircraft in the same category and the ability to fly using a 50% sustainable alternative fuel (SAF);
- outstanding cabin comfort thanks to the excellent 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: perfect ten
Unveiled on May 6, 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 combined thrust of over 16,000 pounds (lbf). Its entry into service (EIS) is scheduled for late 2025.
The Falcon 10X is designed to feel like “a home away from home” whatever the circumstances, including flights of over 15 hours. Its cabin is exceptionally spacious, bright and relaxing. Over 6 and a half feet high and around 9 feet wide, the interior is fully modular and can accommodate up to four sitting areas, with the option of a shower and a large double 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 for smooth and precision flying, an 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. It boasts the widest and tallest cabin in its category and is 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.
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. 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.
Our fighter aircraft deliver what’s needed to meet current and future strategic challenges. France, Egypt, Qatar, India and Greece have all chosen Rafale fighters for their armed forces. We have now delivered 214 Rafales out of the 336 ordered, including 144 in export markets (132 new and 12 used Rafales exported).
France has taken delivery of 152 Rafales out of the 192 ordered to date. A further order for 30 more aircraft is planned as part of the 2019-2025 military spending bill.
The Rafale has now logged a total of more than 331,000 flight-hours, including 53,000 operational hours, making it one of the world’s most seasoned combat aircraft. It has been flown by French pilots in extremely demanding theaters of operation: Afghanistan from 2007 to 2012, Libya in 2011, as well as the Sahel, Iraq and Syria since 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. The fighter has demonstrated its outstanding versatility and combat effectiveness. The Rafale 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.
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. Its F3-R standard entered operational capability on schedule in December 2019. It completed its first combat mission in September 2020. The F3-R 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
Launched in December 2018, the F4 standard will be validated in 2024, with some functions already available in 2022. Its innovative connectivity solutions will increase efficiency in networked combat and pave the way for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This standard will include new 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.
The Rafale F4 will incorporate a new prognosis and diagnostic-aid system, providing predictive maintenance capabilities. Other solutions to optimize maintenance are also planned, including those based on big data and artificial intelligence.
Egypt is the Rafale’s number one export customer and, on top of an initial purchase of 24 Rafales in 2015, it placed an order for an additional 30 aircraft in May 2021. Delivery of the first order was completed in 2019.
In January 2021, Greece placed an order for 18 Rafales, including 6 new aircraft and 12 from the French Air and Space Force. To make up for this transfer of aircraft, the French Air and Space Force purchased 12 new Rafales.
India, a Dassault customer since 1953, signed a contract for 36 Rafales in 2016. The Indian Air Force (IAF) took delivery of the first of its aircraft in October 2019. Deliveries to India are on schedule despite the health crisis.
Qatar ordered 36 Rafales — 24 in 2015 then a further 12 in 2017 —, with an option on 36 more aircraft. Delivery, which began in February 2019, is ongoing.
ATL2 and special Falcons
We have more than fifty years of experience in the fields of maritime surveillance and patrol, as well as in the modification of aircraft for specialized and high performance missions.
Our ATL2 aircraft, which play a key role in France’s system of deterrence, are currently undergoing modernization.
We are continuing work on the Falcon 8X Archange strategic intelligence aircraft.
In December 2020, France signed a contract for the purchase of Falcon Albatros maritime surveillance and intervention aircraft (AVSIMAR). Based on the Falcon 2000LXS, the initial order is for 7 Falcon Albatros, to be delivered starting in 2025, with 12 to be delivered in total.
We also delivered a fifth Falcon 2000MSA maritime surveillance aircraft (out the 6 ordered) to the Japan Coast Guard.
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 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, 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 remains the support of aircraft currently in service, whether military or civilian. We are maintaining a sufficient level of inventory to fulfill these tasks. We continue to provide technical support and training to our new Rafale customers.
The 3DExperience platform ensures digital continuity from design right through to manufacturing and support. Our support packages 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 ability.
Custom-tailored military support
In May 2019, we were entrusted with a 10-year vertically-integrated Ravel operational maintenance contract for the French fleet. This places almost all equipment and systems (excluding the engine and ejection seat) under our control in order to optimize aircraft dispatch reliability.
Océan, the vertically-integrated operational maintenance contract for ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft, was announced in September 2020. It is scheduled to run for 10 years and involves a similar area of responsibility.
Supporting our customers
We are delivering on our Falcon support commitments despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Our FalconResponse system for assisting aircraft on ground is operational at all times. We also support members of the Falcon family through online maintenance & operations (M&O) seminars. Our FalconCare support offering secured its 500th contract in 2020. To give just one example of our responsiveness, a Falcon 900 from our fleet was converted into a cargo aircraft in the midst of a lockdown so that one of our customers could distribute masks to its sites around the world.
For the second year in a row, Dassault Aviation was ranked first in the AIN survey in the area of support for recent aircraft and came out on top with regard to the availability of spare parts, response to requests for technical assistance and warranties.
Expanded Falcon network
We continued to pursue a strategy of enhancing our ability to deliver a superior customer experience with the acquisition in 2019 of the maintenance activities of Execujet, TAG Aviation (in Europe) and Ruag. Our presence in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, has thus been increased by the addition of 17 service centers.
In France, Dassault Falcon Service’s (DFS) servicing capacity for Falcon 7X and Falcon 8X aircraft has been increased thanks to the ramp-up of the new DFS site in Mérignac.
Range at Mach 0.80 with eight passengers, three crew members, NBAA IFR reserves, ISA conditions, full fuel tank.