Dassault to showcase Falcon 2000S alongside Rafale at Aero India Show
Bengaluru: Dassault Aviation, manufacturers of the Rafale, Monday said it would showcase its Falcon 2000S business aircraft, certified for low visibility approach, alongside the fighter jet at the five-day Aero India Show, beginning here February 20.
The 2000S was recently certified by EASA and FAA for low visibility approaches down to 100 feet, using the advanced FalconEye Combined Vision System (CVS), the company said.
The first Falcon 2000 nose section produced by Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL), manufactured at Nagpur, will also be displayed at the show, it said. "In addition to their unrivaled combination of range, agility and airport performance, the reputation of Falcon jets in India and the surrounding region rests on Dassault Aviation's half century of experience supplying the Indian Air Force with sturdy, technologically advanced fighters for its frontline combat aircraft requirements," Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said. The Falcon 2000 twin-engine business aircraft has long been popular with Indian operators for its reliability, cabin comfort, hot-and-high capability and low operating cost, the company said.
Two-third of the Falcons currently operating in the region are the Falcon 2000, it said.
The FalconEye enhanced flight vision system capability greatly improves access to airports in bad weather and significantly enhances aircraft fleet efficiency, the company said.
The system is now also certified for the Falcon 2000LXS and Falcon 8X, it said.
Falcon twin-engine sales are expected to get a further boost in the region with the arrival of the all-new ultra wide body Falcon 6X twinjet, which will offer more cabin space than any other business jet in its category, the company said.
Moreover, the first fuselage front section of the Falcon 2000 series aircraft produced by Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) at its Nagpur facility is ready to be delivered to the Dassault Aviation Falcon final assembly line in France, it said. In parallel, larger infrastructures are being developed and would soon be completed allowing the ramp-up of DRAL capabilities toward the assembly of a Falcon 2000 fully manufactured and assembled in India, the company said.