French Defense Minister Florence Parly has announced the upcoming award of a contract to the Marine Nationale for the development, construction and supply of Dassault Aviation Falcon 2000XLS Albatros aircraft during a visit to the Dassault Aviation facilities in Seclin in northern France. The first order will be for seven to be delivered by 2025, although the plan is to finally have twelve of these maritime patrol aircraft, or MPAs (Maritime Patrol Aircraft).
The development of the new MPA variant, which is based on the VIP Falcon 2000XLS transport aircraft, is part of the so-called Surveillance and Intervention Aircraft Program or AVSIMAR (Avion de Surveillance et dIntervention Maritime). It is equipped with advanced sensors that Dassault highlight that the Albatros will have a multifunctional radar in the front ventral area of the central fuselage, a high-performance optronic tower, bubble-like observation windows, a deployable search and rescue kit and modern communication systems. .
The contract also includes ten-year support for operations, including maintenance, carried out by the French Navy on the Albatross. While the first Falcon 2000XLS platform will be made in France, the rest will be made in India as part of the industrial offsets resulting from the sale of Rafale fighters to the Indian Air Force. For reasons of industrial and national security, the Falcon 2000XLS aircraft is being converted to the Albatros configuration in France.
In relation to the project, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, assures that the Falcon 2000 Albatros is a high performance aircraft equipped with a mission system and state-of-the-art sensors. From the US Coast Guard Falcon 20 to the Japanese Coast Guard Falcon 2000MSA as well as the MN Falcon 200 Guardian and 50M, in addition to our many years of experience in the MPA Atlantique, we have extensive experience in maritime surveillance () Several countries have shown interest in this aircraft, one provides an effective response to the major challenges of national protection and safety of maritime transport and to government action at sea: pollution control and traffic, border surveillance and restricted areas. , Fish police, search and rescue at sea, etc. It is appropriate that France, which has the second largest exclusive economic zone in the world, is at the forefront of using this type of aircraft, he added. (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: Digital image of the future Dassault Falcon 2000XLS Albatros sea patrol aircraft, painted in the colors of the Marine Nationale. (Photo Dassault Aviation)
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