UK MOD orders two Dassault Falcon 900LX aircraft

UK orders Dassault Falcon 900LX
Dassault Falcon 900LX aircraft.

The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) procurement arm Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) has signed a $108.42m (£80m) contract with Bristol-based Centreline. The contract includes the purchase of two Dassault 900LX aircraft and two years of initial support, plus three option years if required.

Dassault 900LX was successful in this competition as the standout candidate in performance, cost value and time requirements. The new aircraft will take over the role of the 4 BAe146s that the RAF has already decommissioned.

"The Defence Equipment and Support and RAF teams have done an incredible job to procure these modern and efficient aircraft. I look forward to seeing them support the UK Defence Mission and our wider strategic partnerships," Air Commodore Martin, RAF’s Programme Lead, said.

The two-phase programme will see the aircraft initially operated by a mixed crew of civilian and RAF personnel. The aircraft will be upgraded with missile jamming systems and military communications to deliver full capability and crewed by RAF personnel.

"I am incredibly proud of the team at Defence Equipment and Support who have worked innovatively and at pace to negotiate a contract that is exceptional value for money and ensures this critical capability is available," CEO Sir Simon Bollom, Defence Equipment and Support, said.

After four decades of service, two BAe 146 aircraft are being preserved at the British Airliner Collection at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and the South Wales Aviation Museum at St Athan in South Glamorgan. The remaining two aircraft have been bought by a Civilian Operator.

Source, Image: RAF MOD

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