Dassault Aviation will exhibit for the first time at Defexpo 2020. This participation is consistent with Dassault Aviation’s endeavor to demonstrate its continued commitment to India and to Indian defence interests.
For this first appearance at the exhibition, Dassault Aviation will display on its booth, located Hall 3, a scale 1:10 Rafale mockup with the Indian colors to pay tribute to the induction of the aircraft in the Indian Air Force. The first Indian Air Force Rafale Handover to the Government of India was held in Dassault Aviation Mérignac facility, on October 8th, 2019, under the high patronage of the Honourable Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defense of India, and the Honourable Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.
This Rafale representation, proudly wearing the colors of the Indian Air Force, illustrates also the determination of Dassault Aviation to take part in the Indian Air Force preparedness and its commitment to meet all future additional fighter aircraft needs. A mockup at scale 1:10 of Rafale M (Rafale naval variant) will also be as well displayed to present capabilities of this Rafale variant taking part in the tender of 57 aircraft to equip Indian Navy aircraft carriers. At last but not least, a scale 1:10 Mirage 2000 I/TI mockup will show the Mirage 2000, the legendary spearhead aircraft of the Indian Air Force upgraded with HAL. In complement of the fighter aircraft expertise, a space dedicated to the “Make in India” achievements of Dassault Aviation, will display 3 major pieces of Rafale engine doors manufactured in the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL) 15000 square meters facility in Nagpur.
The first Falcon 2000 cockpit front section coming out of the Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited facility at MIHAN, Nagpur was revealed on the occasion of Aero India in Bangalore in February 2019 before being sent to Dassault Aviation’s Falcon final assembly line in France.
These achievements highlight Dassault Aviation’s full commitment to build up an Indian aerospace manufacturing eco-system, both in civil and military fields, matching the highest standards in this field and positioning India as an international reference in the global aerospace market. It demonstrates the company’s mobilization to establish in India state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with cutting edge technologies as well as best-in-class international aeronautical standards in terms of efficiency in production and competitiveness.
“Dassault Aviation is totally focused on supporting India in meeting the strategic and economic challenges of its inspiring vision for the future. My decision to have Dassault Aviation to participate to Defexpo for the first time is the expression of our full dedication to contribute to India’s outreach and our absolute conviction of the major role of India in the concert of nations, today and tomorrow” stated Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation.
Larger infrastructures are currently being developed and will allow the ramp-up of DRAL capabilities towards the taking-off of an entire line of Falcon 2000 fully manufactured and assembled in India, thus paving the way towards future manufacturing and assembly of Rafale aircraft in India.