On December 3, 2021, our Chairman and CEO 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.
The contract includes an intergovernmental agreement aimed at ensuring close cooperation between the French and UAE air forces, as well as the creation of a joint program team dedicated to future Rafale development. This agreement underlines the long-standing strategic partnership between France and the UAE.
On January 25, 2021, Greece signed a contract for 18 Rafales, including 6 new aircraft and 12 from the French Air and Space Force. Six months later, the first 6 aircraft were delivered. A further 6 new Rafales were ordered in March 2022.
On May 4, 2021, the Arab Republic of Egypt announced its decision to acquire an additional 30 Rafales for the country’s air force. This latest order, which was made in November 2021, comes on top of an initial contract signed in 2015.
On November 25, 2021, Croatia signed a government-to-government contract for the acquisition of 12 Rafales from the French Air and Space Force. The country also signed a three-year logistics support contract with Dassault Aviation. Croatia is the company’s fifth export customer for the Rafale, and the second in Europe to make this sovereign choice, as well as a first-time Dassault Aviation customer.
On February 10, 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.
Unveiled on May 6, 2021, the Falcon 10X 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 thrust of over 18,000 pounds (lbf) each. Its entry into service is scheduled for late 2025.
The Falcon 6X’s cabin has been awarded a Private Jet Design prize and a Red Dot Design Award.
After its rollout on December 8, 2020, the Falcon 6X made its maiden flight on March 10, 2021. Since June 2021, three Falcon 6X jets have initiated the pre-certification flight test campaign. The first two development aircraft have been equipped with the instrumentation required to perform all the necessary performance and systems tests. The third aircraft is equipped with a complete cabin, including entertainment and communication systems, in order to check that they are working properly and reliably.
For the third year in a row, Dassault Aviation took first place in the AIN business aviation support survey, with an overall score that was higher than in 2020. 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; the availability of spare parts; and our FalconCare service by the hour program (Essentials, Elite and Select), which tailors our services as closely as possible to individual customers’ needs.
We provide a global business aircraft support network. The acquisition, in 2019, of the maintenance (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 Execujet’s facilities in Kuala Lumpur (pictured above) and Dubai (pictured below), as well as of those of Dassault Falcon Service in Mérignac.
During her visit to our Argonay plant in January 2021, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that her ministry had placed an order for 12 Rafales to compensate for the aircraft sold to Greece. A further order for 30 more Rafales, for delivery after 2027, is planned as part of the 2019-2025 military spending bill. And another 12 Rafales will also be ordered to replace those sold to Croatia.
In January 2022, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces awarded us the vertically-integrated Balzac support contract for the French Air and Space Force’s Mirage 2000 fighters. This 14-year contract involves providing operational maintenance for French Mirage 2000 fleet until they are retired from service. This contract comes on the heels of the vertically-integrated Ravel (Rafale) and Océan (ATL2) contracts.
In May 2021, we delivered the fourth ATL2 upgraded to Standard 6.
In 2021, Dassault Aviation was ranked third most attractive manufacturing company among aviation engineering students and graduates, according to an Epoka/Harris Interactive survey.
In partnership with the Greater Paris Region, we co-hosted the AI Challenge for Industry 2020, in which some ten start-ups took part. The idea of this event was to develop artificial intelligence algorithms for the Falcon’s virtual sensors. In May 2021, the judges announced that the consortium made up of Aquila Data Enabler and the ISAE-Supméca’s Quartz laboratory had been selected as the winner.
We were included in the very first Financial Times’ Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021 rankings. This list includes the 300 companies that achieved the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their activities. As part of our commitment to the environment, we are involved in the development of new processes and the optimization of existing ones in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. A case in point: the Falcon range is already sustainable alternative fuel (SAF) compatible. We reiterated this commitment in the declaration in favor of carbon neutrality by 2050 issued at the European Aviation Summit in Toulouse in February 2022.