French airframer Dassault Aviation is displaying its flagship Falcon 8X business jet in the static display area, at the ongoing LIMA, in addition to presenting the capabilities of the Falcon 2000 MRA, for a Malaysian maritime patrol aircraft requirement.
“We are offering a series of products and partnerships adapted to the geopolitical and economic environment of Malaysia. A dual civil/military company like Dassault Aviation enjoys the advantage of being able to take account of such a broad range of requirements with maximum synergy and efficiency,” says Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier.
The Falcon 2000 MRA is a multi-role version of the Falcon 2000 business jet caters to the demand of a turbofan powered special mission aircraft and in the maritime domain, it can undertake surveil-lance/reconnaissance missions, fighting pollution and trafficking, surveillance of borders and exclusion zones, search and rescue at sea, etc.
The Falcon 8X, which has a range of 11,945 km, builds on the popularity of the Falcon family and is well suited to the requirements of Malaysian companies. Dassault Aviation recently acquired the maintenance activities of ExecuJet, including infrastructure at Subang Airport, thereby reinforcing the Falcon after-sales support network in Southeast Asia.
Despite, the Malaysian shift towards a light combat aircraft, instead of a heavier medium class fighter aircraft, the airframer is showcasing different configurations of the multi-role Rafale combat aircraft using new immersive virtual reality (VR) applications.
Dassault had offered Malaysia, the Rafale in cooperation with several Malaysian industrial and institutional partners. The Rafale will be introduced into operational service in Asia by the Indian Air Force (IAF), which will receive its first aircraft in September. The Rafale is in the middle of an export resurgence with 96 aircraft ordered by the air forces of Egypt, Qatar and India.
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