New Generation Fighter
Photo Gallery In February 2020, the French and German governments awarded Dassault Aviation and its industrial partners the initial framework contract that will enable the development of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) demonstrator to begin.
A life-size mock-up NGF model was unveiled on June 17, 2019 at the Paris Air Show in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles.
Strategic intelligence Falcon
The Archange airborne strategic intelligence program was officially announced in December 2019. It will be based on three Falcon 8X aircraft.
ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft
The first two ATL2s to be upgraded to standard 6 were delivered to the French Navy by Dassault Aviation in the summer of 2019. This modernization program involves 18 of these maritime patrol aircraft, which play a key role in France’s system of deterrence.
Rafale standard F4
The French Armed Forces Minister, Florence Parly, presented Éric Trappier with the contract for the development and implementation of the Rafale F4 standard in Mérignac on January 14, 2019. This occasion also saw the renewal of the agreement providing support for defense SMEs.
Falcon customer service takes top spot
We were awarded first place in product support quality surveys conducted by Aviation International News (AIN) and ProPilot. These are two of the leading indicators of customer satisfaction in the business aviation industry.
Transcontinental record for the Falcon 8X
On April 24, 2019, after taking off from a Santa Monica (CA) airport runway that has been shortened by one-third and is subject to drastic anti-noise standards, a Falcon 8X flew between the West and East coasts of the United States in a record time of 4 hours and 28 minutes.
Falcon flights using sustainable alternative fuels
In 2019, the Dassault Aviation Falcons presented at the NBAA show in Las Vegas and the EBACE show in Geneva flew using sustainable alternative fuel. These fuels help reduce the carbon footprint of our aircraft.
Australia receives Falcon 7X VIP aircraft
In April 2019, the Royal Australian Air Force took delivery of the first of three Falcon 7Xs ordered for its government fleet. These aircraft are equipped with the latest connectivity solutions, including a permanent broadband data link.
Delivery of Falcon 2000 MSAs to Japan
We delivered the first four of six Falcon 2000 MSA maritime surveillance aircraft for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).
Development of the Falcon customer support network
Our successive acquisitions of the maintenance activities of ExecuJet, TAG Aviation (in Europe) and Ruag have strengthened our Falcon support network and enhanced our ability to deliver a superior customer experience.
Rafale Ravel support contract
In May 2019, Dassault Aviation was awarded the vertically-integrated Rafale Ravel support contract for a period of 10 years. This contract positions us as the pivotal partner for both our French government customer and our industrial partners.
Rafale F3-R IOC
In December 2019, the French Air Force and Navy announced that the new Rafale F3-R standard had gone into initial operational capability, as per the contractual schedule.
Rafale delivery to India
On October 8, 2019, in Mérignac, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first of its 36 Rafale, in the presence of the Indian Minister of Defense, Shri Rajnath Singh, and the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly. This delivery took place within the time frame set out in the contract signed in 2016.
Delivery of Rafales to Qatar
In June 2019, Emir Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al-Thani was present at the arrival of the first of the 36 Rafales acquired by Qatar.
Make in India
The first Falcon 2000 cockpit front sections came off the assembly line at our Nagpur plant. The plant has been enlarged thanks to the addition of a new 12,500-m² building. 2019 was also witnessed the development of our local supply chain ecosystem and the ramp-up of our engineering center in Pune.
Networks of Excellence in India
Our commitment to the development of a local aeronautical education sector has resulted in the setting up of Networks of Excellence, bringing together Indian and French engineering schools. A vocational diploma program also commenced in Nagpur on September 1, 2019.
Transformation and new facilities
Construction work on a new 25,800-m² tertiary building in Mérignac commenced on May 14, 2019. Its four levels will mainly house design, development and after-sales support teams. The construction of a new plant in Cergy-Pontoise has also been announced.
Pyrotechnics in Martignas
Inaugurated on November 27, the new facilities at our Martignas location now unite all pyrotechnic activities previously based in Argenteuil and Poitiers.