Two-year Delay expected in Dassault Delivery of Falcon 5X
Dassault Aviation recently announced that there will be a production freeze and two-year delay on its manufacturing of the all-new Falcon 5X. This delay will occur as a result of ongoing issues with the Snecma Silvercrest engine, used in the Falcon 5X.
Unveiled in 2013, the Falcon 5X was supposed to have its first maiden flight in the third quarter of 2015 but shortly after the announcement was made the long-range, twin-jet aircraft began experiencing problems with its Snemca Silvercrest engine. This forced Dassault to change its testing and production schedule at the start of 2016.
Dassault has since informed its customers of the delay and despite not being able dive into more details regarding the issues, Eric Trappier, Chief Executive of Dassualt stated that “some order erosion” is expected due to the delays but Dassualt will try to offer “other solutions” to buyers who were expecting to receive the aircraft before 2020.
The Falcon 5X aircraft is meant to be the launch platform for the Silvercrest engine and it is the first time Dassault has chosen an engine made by Snemca for its aircrafts. Snemca originally intended to deploy its Silvercrest engine in the new Cessna Citation Longitude, but changes were later made when the business jet’s design was changed.
Snecma has released a statement stating that more than 500h of flight tests and 3,500h more of ground tests have been performed on the Silvercrest engine, thereby confirming its “good operational performance.” However, the company has admitted that the tests also “showed the need to carry out additional developments in order to extend the engine’s operational life and optimize its performance” Developments to extend engine operational life and increase performance developments will be made by designing and producing new parts and Snecma now anticipates the engine to get certified in 2018.
Despite all the issues with the engine Trappier still believes that the Falcon 5X “remains a fantastic aircraft” and according to him it is the “right aircraft and the right engine.”
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