2016

JANUARY

Three Rafales delivered to Egypt
The Egyptian air force now deploys six of the 24 Rafales ordered in 2015.

MARCH

Combat drone: operational demonstrator program
On March 3, the French and British governments reaffirmed their commitment to developing an operational demonstrator, through the FCAS (Future Combat Air System) program.

Dassault Aviation, France’s favorite company
On March 24, Dassault Aviation received the 2016 Randstad Award as France’s favorite company.

Rafale B Egypt.
Rafale B Egypt.

APRIL

Falcon 8X cold weather testing
After a program of operational tests around the world, the Falcon 8X continues its test program with successful cold weather tests, demonstrating remarkable performance.

MAY

Upgraded Falcon 50 maritime surveillance aircraft
The French navy takes delivery of the last of four retrofitted Falcon 50 “Surmar” maritime surveillance aircraft.

JUNE

Falcon 2000MSA
The Japanese coast guard places an order for a third Falcon 2000MSA, the most cost-effective maritime surveillance aircraft on the market.

nEUROn, Rafale and Falcon 8X formation flight
On June 4, these three aircraft fly over an air show in close formation at low altitude and a speed of 350 km / h.

Airbus Group divests part of stake in Dassault Aviation
Move strengthens the Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMD), our legacy family shareholder, and increases the float.

March 2016 : cold soak trials of Falcon 8X, Rankin Inlet, In the North Canada.
March 2016 : cold soak trials of Falcon 8X, Rankin Inlet, In the North Canada.

JULY

nEUROn flight tests over the Charles-de-Gaulle
The flight test program continues, checking out the combat drone’s performance at low altitude in a maritime environment, near France’s nuclear aircraft carrier.

Marcel Dassault class at air force flight school
The French air force has named its latest class of officers at their flight school after our founder.

Mirage 2000D modernization French defense procurement agency
DGA chooses us to modernize the 55 Mirage 2000Ds deployed by the French air force.

nEUROn and Rafale M in flight over the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Sea tests to investigate the use of a UCAV in a naval context.
nEUROn and Rafale M in flight over the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Sea tests to investigate the use of a UCAV in a naval context.

SEPTEMBER

MALE RPAS
France, Germany and Italy start the design study for Europe’s medium-altitude long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft system (MALE RPAS). This new-generation drone is intended for armed intelligence, surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance missions.

Rafales for India
On September 23, France and India sign the contract finalizing the Indian Air Force’s acquisition of 36 Rafale multirole fighters. New Delhi was Dassault Aviation’s first export customer, and we continue a relationship based on more than 60 years of loyal partnership.

Signing ceremony of the sales contract for Rafale to India.
Signing ceremony of the sales contract for Rafale to India.

OCTOBER

First Falcon 8X delivered
Amjet Executive takes delivery of the first Falcon 8X on October 5 at Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux-Mérignac plant.

NOVEMBER

Dassault Falcon Service opens new MRO center at Bordeaux-Mérignac
On November 10, our subsidiary inaugurates its new maintenance center, capable of handling up to six Falcon 7X / 8X / 5X type aircraft at a time.

Delivery of the 1st Falcon 8X to Mr. Abakar Manany, pilot and founder of Amjet Executive SA.
Delivery of the 1st Falcon 8X to Mr. Abakar Manany, pilot and founder of Amjet Executive SA.
Dassault Falcon Service: Bordeaux-Mérignac. Falcon 7X.
Dassault Falcon Service: Bordeaux-Mérignac. Falcon 7X.

2017

JANUARY

FOMEDEC training contract
On January 5, Dassault Aviation and Babcock France sign a partnership agreement for the FOMEDEC pilot training contract. A jointly-owned company will provide a training structure and associated services for the French air force.

Dassault Aviation, the best employer in France
Some 20,000 employees surveyed by the business magazine Capital rank Dassault Aviation as the top company in the Aerospace-Transport category, and No. 1 overall.

FEBRUARY

Dassault Reliance Aerospace
On February 10, Dassault Aviation and Reliance Group create a joint venture to handle offsets in the Indian Rafale contract.

Dassault Aviation facility: Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.
Dassault Aviation facility: Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.