New Rolls-Royce engine selected to power Dassault's new super mid-size business jet

Friday, 15 June 2007

Rolls-Royce plc, a world-leading power systems and services company, announced today that it has been selected by Dassault Aviation to power the new Falcon super mid-size (SMS) business jet with a new engine in the 10,000 pound thrust range.

The engine, developed through the Rolls-Royce technology acquisition programmes, is the first of a new family of engines designed to meet the most stringent performance, reliability and environmental requirements of the corporate and regional aircraft marketplace.

This will be the first partnership between Rolls-Royce and Dassault in the business jet market. Rolls-Royce is the leading engine supplier in the sector, with a 34 per cent market share. Rolls-Royce engines power more than 3,000 corporate aircraft worldwide.

The total super mid-size business jet market for propulsion systems and services, in which the new Falcon will operate, is valued at US$40 billion over a 20-year period.

Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO, Dassault Aviation said: “We are very happy to have Rolls-Royce as a partner on this programme and believe that the new combination of Dassault and Rolls-Royce will be a winning formula in the rapidly growing business jet market.”

Sir John Rose, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce, said: “This agreement marks an historic step in the development of our corporate aircraft engine business and further establishes Rolls-Royce as the leading supplier of engines and services to the corporate jet and regional airline markets. We are delighted to partner with Dassault, one of the world’s premier aerospace companies, and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

  1. Rolls-Royce operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. It has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. The company employs 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries
  2. Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year, in collaboration with its partners, the company invests around £700 million in research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products, principally noise and emissions.
  3. Dassault Aviation is the flagship company of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, also known as Groupe Dassault. Dassault Aviation, with about 8700 employees, accounts for more than 15 per cent of all French aerospace sales. Dassault Aviation has three main subsidiaries: Dassault Falcon Jet Corp, which sells and supports the Falcon business jets in North and South America and the Pacific Rim; Dassault Falcon Service, which provides charter, maintenance and technical services for Falcon business jets in Europe, and Sogitec, a simulation and documentation company.
  4. Although this is the first partnership between Rolls-Royce and Dassault in the business jet sector, the companies have worked together before. In 2006, Rolls-Royce Turbomeca began a programme with Dassault to use the Adour engine in the nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle program.
  5. Rolls-Royce also worked with Dassault on the Jaguar and Atlantique – both still in service with the Adour and Tyne engines respectively. In 1965, the Dassault Mirage III-V used eight Rolls-Royce RB162 lift engines and achieved its first free hover flight.

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