Fifth Falcon 2000 MSA for Japan Coast Guard

Dassault Aviation announced on May 28, 2018, that the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) had ordered an additional Falcon 2000 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA). The JCG had previously ordered four Falcon 2000 MSA aircraft, with the first to be delivered in 2019.

The Falcon 2000 MSA is based on the civil Falcon 2000LXS, which offers a 4,000 nautical mile (7,408km) range and in JCG service will be used for maritime surveillance, fisheries and anti-piracy patrol, law enforcement, search and rescue, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation said: “Our success in the multimission sector is a perfect example of the benefits we derive from our dual military/civil design and production heritage, in particular our multi-role Rafale fighter … This makes it possible to integrate advanced mission equipment into agile, lightweight platforms that offer truly optimised multimission capability.”

The JCG acquisition follow several other successes notched up by the Falcon 2000, including selection by France’s Direction générale de l’armement (the Directorate- General for Armaments) as the next generation electronic intelligence capability and a signals intelligence variant for the Republic of Korea Air Force, which is due to enter service this year. The type has also been selected by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Centre), as the basis for its new in-flight systems and technology airborne research platform. Nigel Pittaway

The first Falcon 2000MSA for the Japanese Coast Guard, N332FJ (c/n 332), at Waco, Texas on April 6, 2018 where it is being modified with special mission equipment by L3 and Thales. Matt Ellis.
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