The Dassault Falcon 5X was a large, long-range business jet that was under development by Dassault Aviation in France. The design made its first flight on 5 July 2017 using prototype engines. On 13 December 2017, Dassault announced the cancellation of the Falcon 5X, choosing instead to start a new business jet project powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.
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Length: 25.2 m (82 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 25.9 m (85 ft 0 in)
Height: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 72.4 m2 (779 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 9.27
Empty weight: 18,144 kg (40,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 31,570 kg (69,600 lb)
Maximum landing weight: 29,980 kilograms (66,095 lb)
Maximum zero fuel weight: 22,790 kilograms (50,243 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Snecma Silvercrest , 50.9 kN (11,450 lbf) thrust each
Maximum speed: 956 km/h; 594 mph (516 kn) at cruising altitude
Maximum speed: Mach 0.90
Range: 9,630 km; 5,984 mi (5,200 nmi) with 8 passengers + 3 crew, NBAA IFR reserves, ISA, full fuel, mach 0.8
Service ceiling: 16,000 m (51,000 ft)
Cancellation of Falcon 5X
Dassault Aviation initiates the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022.
The delivery of compliant Silvercrest engines was originally planned for the end of 2013 in accordance with the Falcon 5X flight test schedule.
Safran met recurrent technical issues during the program development.
In 2015 and 2016, major technical issues have led Safran to announce a new schedule leading to engines delivery for the Falcon 5X flight tests by the end of 2017. Consequently, Dassault Aviation had to postpone the entry into service of the Falcon 5X from 2017 to 2020, i.e. a 3-year delay. This slippage has caused customers’ concerns and order cancellations (12 in 2016).
Equipped with a preliminary version of the engine, not compliant with the specifications, the Falcon 5X performed its maiden flight, on July 5, 2017, and started a preliminary flight test campaign, limited by engines capacity. The Falcon 5X flight behaviour met all the expectations.
In the fall of 2017, Safran experienced issues with the high pressure compressor and informed Dassault Aviation of an additional delay and new performance shortfall, making the 2020 entry into service of the aircraft impossible.
Considering the magnitude of the risks involved both on the technical and schedule aspects of the Silvercrest program, Dassault Aviation initiates the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program and plans to start negotiations with Safran.
“There is still a strong market need for a brand new long range aircraft with a very large cabin – Eric Trappier explained – so I have decided to launch a new Falcon project powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, featuring the same cross section as the Falcon 5X, a range of 5,500 Nm, and scheduled to enter into service in 2022.”
About Dassault Aviation
With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. In 2016, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €3.6 billion. The company has 12,000 employees.
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