Rajasthan government advised to buy a Falcon

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies January 10, 2020 16:09

Rajasthan government advised to buy a Falcon

A committee set up by the government of India’s Rajasthan state has recommended that the state should acquire a Dassault Falcon business jet, according to The Times of India.

Several manufacturers had submitted tenders for the contract, but in the end, the shortlist was whittled down to aircraft from Bombardier and Dassault.

The Falcon’s extreme weather and short-field performance swung the decision in Dassault’s favour, the report says. No aircraft type was mentioned, however the acquisition is expected to cost ₹214 crore, which is about $30m. The negotiations are likely to have focused on one of the Falcon 2000 family.

List prices for the Falcon 2000 family range between $29 – 35m.

Dassault has a long history in India, especially the Falcon 2000 family, with 18 aircraft currently registered in the country. Dassault formed a joint venture (JV) with India-based Reliance Group in May 2017, originally to manufacture components for the Falcon 2000 series aircraft.

The joint venture, intended to partially offset the company’s obligations from a 2016 order for 36 Rafale fighter jets placed by the Indian government, is split 51%/49% in favour of Reliance. As of March 2019, Dassault said that it had invested over $110m in the JV.

The first product of the joint venture, a forward cockpit section, was displayed at the Aero India Air Show in February 2019, before being shipped to Dassault’s Bordeaux manufacturing facility for integrating with the manufacturing process.

Dassault used the first cockpit section delivery to say that it will be expanding the scope of the JV to include complete Falcon 2000 series manufacturing in India. It did not, however, confirm whether in the future all Falcon 2000 series aircraft will be built in India.

The super-midsize sector in which the Falcon 2000 family competes is one of the most fiercely contested segments, with manufacturers launching new and updated models. Dassault will be looking at ways to remain competitive in the super-midsize sector, and one way of doing that could be to lower costs.

According to a 2019 article in The Economic Times, manufacturing complete Falcon 2000 series aircraft in India could save Dassault up to $5million per aircraft.

The first aircraft is expected to be completed in 2022, with production eventually rising to two aircraft per month.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies January 10, 2020 16:09

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