Dassault Aviation has revealed the design of its Falcon 10X business jet which, given the military lineage of older platforms in the company’s portfolio, could offer a prospective defence solution in the coming years.
Unveiling the design during a May 6 online presentation from Le Bourget, Paris, Dassault officials outlined some of the capabilities the design will have, including a top speech of Mach 0.925 and range of 7,500nm. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the commercial sector at the end of 2025.
Previous generations of Dassault’s Falcon jets have been converted into special mission aircraft, performing such as maritime surveillance and reconnaissance, with around 10% of the 2,500 built having been adapted for military or governmental service.
Most recently, both France and Japan have opted to acquire the Falcon 2000 maritime surveillance aircraft, with the former expected to receive the first of 12 aircraft from 2025 and the latter in receipt of five of a planned fleet of six of the type.