Falcons fly demanding missions every day for business customers. They also perform specialized roles for governments, medevac operators and scientific organizations. In fact, Dassault has delivered 200+ multi-mission aircraft in more than 40 countries. Their high flexibility, impressive payloads, robust construction and advanced flight controls make Falcons the perfect choice for multi-mission duty.
Airborne strategic intelligence
Falcons used for signals intelligence (SIGINT) missions require complex systems integration. External sensors and onboard stations analyze radio traffic and radar emissions and relay data to command centers on the ground. Dassault engineers have deep experience in military customization, working closely with SIGINT system providers to integrate intelligence-gathering systems into the airframe.
Falcons make excellent air ambulances due to their high payload and long-range capabilities and because they can access smaller airports closer to patients. Dassault engineers also have the expertise to transform Falcons into advanced airborne intensive care units when required. They can carry out missions over long distances, keeping patients stable and comfortable while providing the necessary space for medical teams and specialized life-saving equipment.
In a medical crisis, adaptability can be the key to successful outcomes. Dassault engineers and crews have been called upon to transform Falcons initially outfitted for government VIP transport into flying hospitals for long-haul transport of critically ill patients who require specialized care, such as intubations and ventilation, and rigorous procedures for the protection of both patient and crew members.
Because of the compactness and capability of modern medical equipment, Falcon cabins can become flying intensive care units. Falcons have been outfitted with oxygen systems, more robust electrical systems and patient loading systems to make it easier to transfer non-ambulatory patients into the cabin. On well-equipped medevac Falcons, medical teams can even perform surgery, emergency resuscitation and take X-ray images while aboard.
Technology in action
A modified Falcon can carry highly specialized life-support equipment, including a neo-natal oxygen supply system and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which provides heart-lung bypass support.
They can also carry a portable ventilator, ECG monitor and defibrillator, a micropump, infusion pump, blood gas analyzer, ultrasound equipment and a constant-temperature blood blank. In short, they carry a modern array of life-saving equipment, all within the confines of a Falcon cabin.
Falcons adapted for maritime use patrol coastlines, scan the world’s oceans for surface threats and participate in naval training exercises and rescues. They also track environmental hazards and search for vessels in distress. These aircraft carry specialized search equipment, including advanced radar and optical search systems. Some feature oversize windows and can be outfitted for dropping rescue equipment.
Advanced flight research
National research organizations use testbed aircraft to evaluate new systems and equipment that advance the aeronautical art, including new propulsion technologies, aerodynamic innovations and digital control technologies. Such programs are aided by substantial support from an OEM’s engineering organization. Dassault can provide extensive assistance with the unique modifications needed.
A well-appointed Falcon serves as the ideal head-of-state aircraft that is constantly connected in an ultra-secure environment with specialized gear for encrypted communications and other safety measures. Falcons are valued for their high dispatch reliability and unique performance capabilities. They can deliver VIPs to the scene of the action, even when that entails access to challenging airports with short fields or those requiring steep approaches.