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Safran powers the new bizjet

Bordeaux-Mérignac. Safran, supplier of the engine and key systems on Dassault Aviation’s new Falcon 5X business jet, participated in the rollout of the latest member of the Falcon family June 2, at the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport.

Safran supplies the complete propulsion system for this new business jet, comprising the brand-new Silvercrest engine (Snecma) the nacelle and thrust reverser (Aircelle), and other equipment, as well as the suspension system attaching the engine to the airframe.

The Silvercrest incorporates the latest technologies developed by Safran’s two enginemakers, Snecma and Turbomeca. It will reduce both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15 per cent compared with current engines, while also reducing NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions and noise. In fact, the ground acoustic footprint will be half that of current engines in its thrust class.

Several other Safran companies contribute to the Falcon 5X: Sagem provides the engine electronic control unit and the flap control system; Techspace Aero the low-pressure compressor on the engine; Labinal Power Systems the wiring harnesses; and Microturbo the auxiliary power unit (APU) and its installation kit.

“We are very proud of our position as one of the major partners on the Falcon 5X, and we are delighted to be here today at the rollout,” said Philippe Petitcolin. “Our Silvercrest engine is designed for the strongest growth segment of the business aircraft market, namely supermidsize, large and long-range models, which could see the delivery of 8,000 new aircraft from now to 2030. We are targeting a market share of 25 to 30 per cent.”

Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 69,000 employees and generated sales of 15.4 billion Euros in 2014.

The company has sizeable business in India in aviation and security systems.

Final assembly and testing of the Falcon 5X is taking place at the Mérignac facility near Bordeaux (France), which has seen the delivery of more than 8,000 Dassault civil and military aircraft, including 2,300 Falcons, since it opened in 1949.

The aircraft’s maiden flight is anticipated before the end of the summer while Certification and service entry is earmarked for 2017.

The $45 million 5X is being developed in parallel with the airframer’s flagship type, the ultra-long-range 8X. The 6,450nm-range trijet – a longer legged and stretched version of the 7X – is scheduled for certification and service entry next year.

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