French aerospace company Dassault Aviation has selected Safran Electrical & Power to support its Albatros Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Aircraft (AVSIMAR) programme.

The programme is being run by Dassault Aviation in response to the French Navy’s requirements for a maritime aircraft.

Dassault is developing the military configuration of its Falcon 2000LXS business jet, also called Falcon 2000 maritime reconnaissance aircraft (MRA), for the French Navy.

An initial order for the production of seven aircraft was awarded to Dassault Aviation by the French defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement – DGA) in November 2020.

The DGA’s procurement plan includes a total of 12 maritime aircraft.

As part of the latest award, Safran will electrically modify and install wiring for the first seven Falcon 2000 aircraft.

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The contract also includes an option for five additional maritime aircraft.

Safran will carry out the initial production work, including manufacturing of the wiring, at its facility in Vichy, France.

Once this work is complete, the company will continue the wiring installation work on the aircraft at Dassault Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul centre in Mérignac, France.

Dassault Aviation is expected to hand over the first aircraft to the French Navy by 2025.

Safran Electrical & Power programme manager Benoit Gagey said: “Following the Archange contract we won in 2021, this is the second Falcon mission programme for which we have been selected.

“We will be industrialising these electrical harnesses from their digital definition supplied by the customer, using a solution from our digital suite.

“The agreement with Dassault Aviation is a ‘turnkey’ project that includes the manufacture of the wiring, its on-board installation and all testing.”