Dassault Aviation: Dassault Aviation salutes a major step forward for the Future Combat Air System
Dassault Aviation salutes a major step forward
for the Future Combat Air System
Saint-Cloud, January 31, 2014 - Dassault Aviation is delighted by the decision
announced today by the President of the French Republic, FranÃ§ois Hollande, and
the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, concerning the future combat air
system. This decision led to the signing by the French Defense Minister, Jean-
Yves Le Drian, and his counterpart, of a letter of intent which formalizes the
launch of joint feasibility studies in the field of unmanned combat air systems
(UCAS). This is a major step forward in Franco-British military aeronautical
This decision, which follows on from the Lancaster House Treaties (November
2010), gives a new dimension to the joint studies already undertaken in this
field: Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems, as leaders of the project, have
worked, together with their partners Safran, Rolls-Royce, Thales and Selex, to
ensure the success of this ambitious R&T programme.
This decision also bolsters the national investments made in recent years,
notably in the nEUROn combat UAV demonstrator.
As leader of the French team, Dassault Aviation has always supported its
Government's efforts to launch an ambitious Franco-British programme, designed
to lay the foundations for the future European fighter aircraft.
For Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, "this launch by the
French and British authorities is contributing to the development of the combat
air systems sector and is paving the way for the future in this strategic
In France, this work will help maintain technological expertise in defence
aeronautics at a world-class level. It will eventually benefit the entire
industrial fabric, including SMEs.
About Dassault Aviation
With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries over
the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 28 million flight hours to
date,Â DassaultÂ Aviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the
design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the RAFALE
fighter to the FALCON range of high-end business jets, as well as military
unmanned air systems. In 2012,Â DassaultÂ Aviation reported revenues of â‚¬3.94
billion, with around 11,600 employees.
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