On December 3, 2021, Eric Trappier signed a contract to supply 80 Rafale F4 fighters to the United Arab Emirates Air Force. The signing ceremony was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. This historic contract, which is indicative of the longstanding strategic partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, came into effect on April 19, 2022.
On 25 January 2021, Greece signed a contract for the purchase of 18 Rafales: 6 new aircraft and 12 released by the French Air and Space Force. The first 6 fighters were delivered just six months later. In March 2022, Greece moved to reinforce its fleet by ordering 6 additional new Rafales.
On February 10, 2022, Indonesia signed a two-phase contract for 42 Rafales: 6 fighters initially, followed by a further 36 in the second phase. The deal provides for delivery of a comprehensive solution, including training and logistical support. Indonesia is a first-time customer for Dassault Aviation and its second Rafale customer in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Falcon 10X is one of the contenders selected by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) in December 2022 for inclusion in a system design project aimed at developing a future maritime patrol aircraft.
Maritime patrol missions are currently performed by a fleet of 22 ATL2s built by Dassault Aviation. By the end of 2022, a total of 9 French Navy ATL2s had been upgraded to standard 6.
In January 2022, we announced that we had been awarded the vertically-integrated Balzac support contract for the French Air and Space Force’s Mirage 2000 aircraft. The entire French fighter fleet will henceforth be covered by contracts ensuring the operational availability of aircraft involving a single service provider.
In December 2022, acting on behalf of the French, German and Spanish governments, the French defense procurement agency (DGA) awarded Dassault Aviation, Airbus, Indra, EUMET and their industrial partners the contract for phase 1B of the Future Combat Aircraft System (FCAS) demonstrator. This contract will provide funding for demonstration work on the FCAS and its various components. Dassault Aviation is the prime contractor for the New Generation Fighter (NGF).
The Falcon 6X made its maiden flight on March 10, 2021. Three Falcon 6X jets are currently involved in the pre-certification flight test campaign. The first two development aircraft have been equipped with the instrumentation required to perform the necessary performance and systems tests. The third is equipped with a complete cabin, including entertainment and communication systems in order to check that they are working efficiently and reliably.
In the course of 2022, Dassault Aviation began production of the Falcon 10X. Unveiled in May 2021, it is set to become 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 35,000 pounds (lbf).
In October 2022, Dassault Aviation announced a major expansion of Falcon support in the United States with the addition of the Melbourne, Florida MRO facility. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2024, this maintenance facility will have the capacity to handle up to 18 Falcon aircraft simultaneously.
Two further facilities were also announced in 2022: Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to serve the Middle East and Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, to serve Asia. These centers will cater for new-generation business jets.
Our CEO presided over the June 28, 2022 ceremony, in Mérignac, in honor of those French aeronautics workers who were members of the Resistance and were killed, shot or deported during World War II.
Today, we at Dassault are committed to ensuring that France remains in control of its national destiny, said Eric Trappier, and that it has the necessary military assets to safeguard its decision-making powers and independence of action in a troubled world. We are determined not to be subservient and we are proud of our commitment to the independence of our country and of its armed forces. This is something that is not always clearly understood. However, it is a defining feature of our corporate culture, something that was instilled in us by both Marcel and Serge Dassault. We are steadfast in our allegiance.
Inaugurated on September 23, 2022, after a year and a half of construction work, the enlarged Seclin plant will provide additional jobs. The new workshops are devoted to coating and sheet metal activities.
On June 3, 2022, at our Mérignac site, there was a presentation outlining the work carried out at our research and technology (R&T) platform, “Aeronautics Factory of the Future.” Its work is focused on new technologies in the areas of manufacturing, production cells, assembly, as well as surface treatments designed to reduce environmental impacts.
Dassault Aviation was included in the Financial Times’ Europe’s Climate Leaders 2022 rankings, which includes the 300 European companies that achieved the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions intensity.
At the conclusion of the European Aviation Summit in Toulouse in February 2022, Dassault Aviation signed up to the declaration for carbon neutrality by 2050.
For the past decade, Dassault Aviation has been ranked by engineering school students as one of the top 10 companies to work for.
In the Universum 2022 ranking of the 100 most attractive employers among engineering school students, Dassault Aviation came in fourth.
According to the 2022 Epoka survey, Dassault Aviation is the third most attractive French company in its industrial sector among engineering school students and young engineers.
On June 30, 2022, the graduation ceremony for the first class of students in the Aeronautical Structure & Equipment Fitter diploma program, developed by the Dassault Skill Academy in conjunction with local Indian authorities, took place. Launched in July 2017, this program is hosted by the state-run vocational high school in Nagpur. 90% of graduating students have been recruited by aerospace companies in India.