India’s Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne confirmed to AIN here at the Singapore Airshow that the country’s resolve to select the lowest bidder for the contract for 126 medium multirole combat aircraft remains in place. The contract negotiation committee (CNC) opened Dassault Aviation’s bid proposing its Rafale on February 13 and identified the French OEM as the lowest bidder. The decision to involve another manufacturer is “procedurally untenable,” said Browne.
Dassault Aviation has selected Nordam to provide cabin window assemblies for its Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000.
The Tulsa, Okla.-based aviation products supplier also provides Dassault with contoured cabin interior liners for the Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000. The company has been a Dassault vendor for 30 years and is a major supplier of transparency products for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
The Neuron UCAV demonstrator was officially unveiled last week inside a hangar at Istres airbase in southern France to representatives of the six governments funding the €400 million ($520.4 million) effort. France, Italy and Sweden each produced UCAV-like flying prototypes before joining Greece, Switzerland and Spain on the Neuron project in 2006.
Dassault Falcon has promoted Antoine Ajarrista to senior vice president and general manager of its Little Rock Completion Center in Arkansas. He replaces Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vice president of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. As general manager, Ajarrista oversees all day-to-day operations of Dassault’s largest facility, which is responsible for the completion of nearly all Falcons. For the past three-and-a-half years he has served as senior vice president of operational control in Little Rock.
CAE received FAA level-D approval for a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 Pro Line 21 flight simulator at its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport location. The CAE 5000 series sim features the latest-generation image generators, airport databases and a liquid crystal on silicon visual display. In other news, CAE recently passed Dassault Aviation’s Falcon training policy manual quality system audit, which is designed to ensure adequate training services for all Falcon-affiliated personnel.
A Dassault Falcon 7X flies near the Burj Khalifa (just outside of the frame of this photo), the tallest building in the world, here in Dubai. Dassault, which also manufactures the Rafale fighter, has a strong business jet presence in the Middle East region, with more than 60 Falcons based here and 12 due for delivery over the next two years. Some 40 percent of Middle East sales are Falcon 7Xs–the French company’s flagship product.
The Middle East still represents a “major market” for Dassault Falcon despite “recent challenging market conditions” in the region, according to company president and CEO John Rosanvallon.
This year’s NBAA annual convention was bigger and better than last year’s, not because there were more attendees and exhibitors at the recent Las Vegas show, but because there was a significantly higher number of attendees from outside the U.S. According to NBAA figures, international registration climbed by 23 percent over last year’s show, and nearly 4,000 people
FACC AG delivered the first set of winglets for a Falcon 2000LX to Dassault Aviation yesterday. The company signed a contract with the French aircraft manufacturer for delivery of OEM winglets for the Falcon 2000LX and 900LX in April.
Dassault Falcon is taking advantage of the current business jet production lull to implement more efficient production procedures, unveil new modularized interiors, continue work on its SMS new jet program and perhaps forge alliances with other OEMs as a way to expand its market footprint into new aircraft categories. Like most other business jet OEMs, the delivery numbers for Dassault year-to-date have been less than robust. Measured in dollars for the first six months of 2011 they were down 44 percent from the same period in 2010, representing an aggregate value of $846.5 million this year versus $1.854 billion a year ago. The scorecard: 19 aircraft delivered through June versus 45 for the first six months of 2010. On a positive note, for the first half of the year the company booked 22 net new (minus cancellation) Falcon orders.