Dassault Aviation is one of the major players in the global aviation industry, with a presence in more than 80 countries across the 5 continents, whose varied activities cover several areas of high technology. Dassault Aviation's primary vocation is the design, development, production, sale and maintenance of aircraft.
In 2011, the FALCON turnover represented 73 % of the overall turnover and 63 new FALCON aircraft were delivered. In total, Dassault Aviation has sold more than 2100 FALCON aircraft of all types over the last 50 years. 90 % of them have gone for export (60% of which to the USA). They represent 35-40% of the top-of-the-range world market. Today, the Dassault Aviation FALCON family in production comprises the FALCON 900 LX, FALCON 2000 with various versions such as LX and S a new version whose maiden flight was in February 2011, with deliveries which should start beginning of 2013. It also comprises the very long range FALCON 7X, with a new innovative wing design and a fly-by-wire flight system.
Today, about 1900 FALCON are in service in more than 70 countries corresponding to 900 customers. One FALCON takes-off or lands each minute around the world.
The FALCON family contributes enormously both to the reputation of European executive aircraft and to the European economy. It contributes to maintaining the industrial base of a European high technology sector. FALCON have been developed and produced in European cooperation with partners from Belgium (SABCA), Italy (ALENIA - PIAGGIO) and Greece (Hellenic Aircraft Industries). Many European partners have been involved in the development of the new FALCON 7X business jet. The main ones are: Spain (CASA), Netherlands (STORK) and Belgium (SONACA).
The Research and Development employs nearly one quarter of the company's workforce (about 8000 people). Fundamental and pre-competitive research is usually carried out in close co-operation with universities, research institutes and other industrial partners via a wide international network. Starting in the early 1970's, Dassault Aviation was an initiator in the usage of HPC for aircraft design. It has invested in the development of its own computer codes for simulation and continues to maintain them throughout the different (r-)evolutions in HPC. Its participation in this project is motivated mainly by the latter point.