No. 5 is the first Dassault Falcon 50 MS that is being transferred from the French government flight to the French Navy (Image Pk. Dhaud © Dassault Aviation)

First ex-government Falcon 50 for French Navy

No. 5 is the first Dassault Falcon 50 MS that is being transferred from the French government flight to the French Navy (Image Pk. Dhaud © Dassault Aviation)
No. 5 is the first Dassault Falcon 50 MS that is being transferred from the French government flight to the French Navy (Image Pk. Dhaud © Dassault Aviation)

The French Directorate of Armament (DGA) received the first of four ex-government Falcon 50B VIP jets to be transformed to maritime surveillance aircraft for the French Navy.

Being redesignated 50 MS, the quartet of Dassaults will join four Falcon 50 MIs and five Falcon 200 Gardians already in service with the Marine.

The Falcon 50 MS is able to travel 6,000 kilometers (roughly 3250 nautical miles) at a max speed of 458 knots. For the new naval task observation windows and a mission control system from Thales have been added to the aircraft. The system includes a radar device installed in the nose cone, retractable infrared so-called optronics and an operator’s console in the cabin.

Three more Falcons will go through DGA to the navy before the end of 2015.

Source: Direction Générale de l’Armement

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