Safran powers the Falcon 5X

Safran has been chosen by Dassault Aviation to supply the engine and key equipment on the company’s new Falcon 5X business jet, being officially unveiled today at the opening of the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Safran will supply the complete integrated powerplant system (IPPS) for Dassault’s new business jet, including the Silvercrest® engine (Snecma), nacelle and thrust reversers (Aircelle), and the engine suspension system.

The new Silvercrest engine combines the latest technologies developed through intensive R&D by Safran’s two engine specialists, Snecma et Turbomeca. Its performance will be unrivaled in the business aviation market in terms of efficiency, reliability and environmental friendliness, including a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared with current engines. It will also reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and noise, with a noise footprint only half that of current engines in its thrust class.

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Several other Safran companies are contributing to the Falcon 5X as well, including Sagem and Techspace Aero for the Silvercrest engine. Labinal will supply the wiring harnesses for the aircraft, while Microturbo (in partnership with Pratt & Whitney AeroPower) will provide the auxiliary power unit (APU) and its installation kit. "Our latest partnership with Safran bolsters the relationship of mutual trust that our two companies have developed over many years," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. " A significant part of the Falcon 5X’s performance depends on the perfect match between our new aircraft and the engine and equipment supplied by Safran. Furthermore, our selection of this engine has now been confirmed by the excellent results posted to date by the Silvercrest development program."

"We are extremely proud of our contribution to this new aircraft program, drawing on our most innovative propulsion and equipment technologies, and the full range of our expertise," said Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran. "For Safran, the selection of Silvercrest by Dassault Aviation marks a major strategic step forward in a market that should total 8,000 new aircraft to be delivered from now until 2030. It gives us a top-tier position in the most buoyant segments of the business aviation market, namely super-midsize, large and super large business jets."

Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Oct 23, 2013