On May 6, 2021, Dassault unveiled its new business jet, the $75 million Falcon 10X, which is scheduled to enter service in late 2025.
After the previous models (8X, 7X, 6X, 900LX, 2000LXS, 2000S), the Falcon 10X is a large intercontinental business jet being developed by Dassault Aviation to compete with the Bombardier Global 7500 and the Gulfstream G700. Dassault has focused on comfort, with a spacious, bright and connected cabin, as well as on respect for the environment to stand out. The aircraft will benefit from the latest advances in engine technology, from 3D printing to biofuel consumption. The Falcon 10X’s wing will be made of composites, making the aircraft lighter with maximum strength and minimum drag. The wings are designed for speed and optimum performance. They also offer excellent maneuverability at low approach speeds, thanks to advanced high-lift devices.
The Falcon 10X will also be capable of very long-range flights, with a range of 13,890 km at a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. As a result, the cabin has also been designed for maximum comfort. In addition to being one of the quietest cabins ever designed by Dassault, the business jet’s 38 ultra-wide windows will provide maximum brightness. Second, the cabin will offer a choice of several interior configurations, and will be designed to be the most spacious on the market with dimensions larger than the largest private jet in existence today. Then, the air quality has not been neglected: the air will be purified thanks to ozone/VOC filters.
With the Rolls-Royce Pearl® 10X, the Falcon 10X is equipped with one of the most advanced and efficient engines in business aviation. It gives the aircraft the power to take off and climb quickly through air traffic and turbulence. Then, it is much cleaner on fuel with lower carbon emissions, and emits less noise. This is made possible in part by 3D printed blades that reduce the rotor mass in the engine, an ultra-low emission combustor with ALM technology, a low noise turbine and LP (low pressure) exhaust.
In the cockpit, all displays are touchscreen. The screens have multi-touch capability, allowing pilots to zoom in or out of navigation images with their fingertips, similar to smartphone screens. Overall, the automation makes it easier for pilots to manage the flight while being less immersed in routine technical tasks.
An all-in-one suite of functions and applications called FalconSphere allow pilots and flight operations personnel to prepare and manage missions with greater ease and precision. On long flights, which can exceed 15 hours, the cockpit is spacious enough to allow pilots’ seats to be fully reclined. This unique and innovative arrangement anticipates the regulatory allocation of duty time credits for two-pilot flights.
Then, the Dassault Smart Throttle, the primary power control, connected to the digital flight control system, is unique. It links the digital power management of both engines and automatically adjusts power as needed in a wide range of scenarios.
In addition, the Falcon 10X will also be capable of flying in near-zero visibility conditions, thanks to the FalconEye® combined head-up display system and two “head-up” displays that can be used as primary flight displays. This system is based on Dassault’s expertise acquired during the Rafale program.
Other leading-edge industry players are also involved in manufacturing the various components of the aircraft, such as Honeywell Aerospace, Liebherr-Aerospace and GE Aviation.
Another interesting potential use being considered for the Falcon 10X is its militarization as a maritime patrol aircraft for the French Navy, to replace the Altlantique 2 aircraft, which was originally slated to be replaced by the Franco-German MAWS patrol aircraft program. Such a project would involve significant modifications to the cabin interior to add onboard systems.