RAFALE and FALCON 2000 to Feature Prominently
Dassault Aviation will present its dual military and civil know-how at the 2019 Aero India Show to be held in Bangalore, 20-24 February.
In the defence sector, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is the group’s longest-standing export customer and has been flying Dassault aircraft since 1953. The acquisition contract for 36 RAFALE – signed in 2016 – and the modernisation of the MIRAGE 2000 I/TI fleet are a continuation of this historic partnership.
In the field of business aviation, the FALCON fleet in service in India stands at 25 aircraft, with a positive outlook, the company announced on 18 February.
Highlights of the company’s participation in the show include:
– three French Air Force RAFALE, with a daily flight display;
– a FALCON 2000S;
– display of the first FALCON 2000 cockpit front section built by Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) in its Nagpur plant.
A FALCON 8X will also be present for the inauguration of the show. With its range of 6,450 nm and its optimised aerodynamic configuration, the flagship of the FALCON family is ideally suited to the needs of Indian companies and local operating conditions, which include high temperatures and altitudes.
The first Indian RAFALEs will be delivered in a few months and the Nagpur plant is ramping up for complete assembly and subsequent flight of the FALCON 2000. In addition to the DRAL JV, Dassault Aviation assures industrial production in India through a vast procurement network, already consisting of dozens of companies.
“Dassault Aviation’s involvement in the Aero India Show reflects our desire to continue the partnership that has existed between ourselves and India for 65 years now and to guarantee long-term investment in this country, thereby fulfilling our commitment to the ‘Make in India’ policy. We are proud to supply the Indian forces with the best possible equipment and to provide the Indian economy with the most modern industrial facilities and skills. Today and tomorrow, we will do everything we can to meet India’s future needs for military and business aircraft,” commented Chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier.