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UK selects Dassault Falcon as ‘Royal’ replacement aircraft

The United Kingdom has selected the Dassault Falcon to replace the recently retired BAe 146 aircraft operated by the Royal Flight of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a GBP80 million (USD109 million) order for two Falcon 900LX aircraft for 32 Squadron (The Royal) on 8 February, noting that the tri-jets will be provided by Bristol-based Centreline under a GBP80 million (USD108 million) contract.

“The contract with Centreline, placed by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) – the MoD’s procurement arm – includes the purchase of two Dassault 900LX aircraft and two years of initial support, plus three option years if required,” the ministry said, adding, “[The] Dassault 900LX was successful in this competition as the standout candidate in performance, cost value, and time requirements”.

As noted by the MoD, the aircraft will be initially operated by a mixed crew of civilian and RAF personnel and will be upgraded with missile jamming systems and military communications to deliver the full capability when crewed by RAF personnel.

 

Source: Janes

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