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Dassault Aviation

Industry: Aerospace & Defence
Founded: 1930
Headquarters: Paris, France
Key people: Charles Edelstenne (Chairman and CEO) Serge Dassault (Honorary Chairman)
Products: Civil aircraft Military aircraft
Revenue: €3.75 Billion (2008)
Operating income: €434 million (2008)
Net income: € 373 million (2008)
Employees: 12,438 (2008)
Website: www.dassault-aviation.com Official Website

Airplane Picture - Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet of the UK defence technology organisation QinetiQ

Picture - Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet of the UK defence technology organisation QinetiQ

Dassault Aviation (French pronunciation: [daso]; Euronext: AM) is a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional and business jets, a subsidiary of Dassault Group.

It was founded in 1930 by Marcel Bloch as Socit des Avions Marcel Bloch or "MB". After World War II, Marcel Bloch changed his name to Marcel Dassault, and the name of the company was changed to Avions Marcel Dassault on 20 December 1947. In 1971, Dassault acquired Breguet, forming Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (AMD-BA). In 1990, the company was renamed Dassault Aviation.

History

The Socit des Avions Marcel Bloch was founded by Marcel Bloch in 1930. In 1935 Bloch and Henry Potez entered into an agreement to buy Socit Arienne Bordelaise (SAB), subsequently renamed Socit Aronautique du Sud-Ouest. In 1936 the arms industry in France was nationalised as the Socit Nationale de Constructions Aronautiques du Sud-Ouest (SNCASO). Marcel Bloch was asked to act as delegated administrator of the Minister for Air.

During the occupation of France the country's aviation industry was virtually disbanded. Marcel Bloch was imprisoned by the Vichy government in October 1940. In 1944 Bloch was deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp by the German occupiers where he remained until it was liberated on 11 April 1945.

On 10 November 1945 at an extraordinary general meeting of the Socit Anonyme des Avions Marcel Bloch the company voted to change its form to a limited liability entity, Socit des Avions Marcel Bloch, which was to be a holding company. On 20 January 1947 Socit des Avions Marcel Bloch became Socit des Avions Marcel Dassault to reflect the name adopted by its owner.

In 1954 Dassault established an electronics division (by 1962 named Electronique Marcel Dassault), the first action of which was to begin development of airborne radars, soon followed by seeker heads for air-to-air missiles, navigation and bombing aids. From the 1950s to late 1970s exports become a major part of Dassault’s business, major successes were the Dassault Mirage series and the Mystere-Falcon. The average rate in the period 1952-1977 was 58%.

In the years 1965 and 1966 the French government stressed to its various defence suppliers the need to specialize to maintain viable companies. Dassault was to specialise in combat and business aircraft, Nord Aviation in ballistic missiles and Sud Aviation civil and military transport aircraft and helicopters. (Nord Aviations and Sud Aviation would merge in 1970 to form Arospatiale) .

On 27 June 1967 Dassault (at the urging of the French government) acquired 66% of Breguet Aviation. Under the merger deal Socit des Avions Marcel Dassault was dissolved on 14 December 1971, with its assets vested in Breguet, to be renamed Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (AMD-BA).

Dassault Systxmes was established in 1981 to develop and market Dassault’s CAD program, CATIA. Dassault Systxmes was to become a market leader in this field.

In 1979 the French Government took a 20% share in Dassault and established the Societ de Gestion de Participations Aronautiques (SOGEPA) to manage this and an indirect 25% share in Aerospatiale (the government also held a direct 75% share in that company). In 1998 the French Government transferred its shares in Dassault Aviation (45.76%) to Aerospatiale. On 10 July 2000, Arospatiale-Matra merged with other European companies to form EADS.

In 2000 Serge Dassault resigned as Chairman and was succeeded by Charles Edelstenne. Serge Dassault was appointed Honorary Chairman.

Shareholders

Dassault Group (50.21%)
EADS (46.22%)
Private Investors (3.57%)

Subsidiaries

Sogitec, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault, makes advanced avionics simulation, 3D imaging, military flight simulators, and document imaging systems.

Products

Military

Airplane Picture - The Dassault Rafale. Ordered in 1980 and now in service with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and French Air Force (Arme de l'Air)

Picture - The Dassault Rafale. Ordered in 1980 and now in service with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and French Air Force (Arme de l'Air)

Airplane Picture - Full scale model of the stealth combat drone Dassault nEUROn, the

Picture - Full scale model of the stealth combat drone Dassault nEUROn, the "European UCAV technology demonstrator" at the Paris Air Show 2005.

MD 315 Flamant, 1947
MD 450 Ouragan, 1951
MD 452 Mystxre II, 1952
MD 453 Mystxre III, 1952 (a one-off MD-452 nightfighter)
MD 454 Mystxre IV, 1952
MD 550 Mirage, 1955
Super Mystxre, 1955
Mirage III, 1956,
Mirage IIIV (1965 - 1966)
xtendard II, 1956
xtendard IV, 1956
MD 410 Spirale, 1960
Mirage IV (strategic bomber), 1960
Balzac, 1962
Atlantique (ATL 1, originally a Breguet product), 1965
Mirage F1, 1966
Mirage 5, 1967
Mirage G, 1967
Milan, 1968
Mirage G-4/G-8, 1971
Alpha Jet, 1973
Jaguar (50/50 joint venture with BAC) begun within Breguet, 1973
Super xtendard, 1974
Falcon Guardian 01, 1977
Mirage 2000, 1978
Mirage 2000N/2000D 1986
Mirage 4000, 1979
Mirage 50, 1979
Falcon Guardian, 1981
Atlantique 2 (ATL 2), 1982
Mirage III NG, 1982
Rafale, 1986
nEUROn, expected 2011

Civilian

Airplane Picture - Dassault Falcon (Mystere) 20F-5

Picture - Dassault Falcon (Mystere) 20F-5

Falcon family
Falcon 10 (Falcon 100)
Falcon 20 (Falcon 200)
Falcon 30
Falcon 50
Falcon 900
Falcon 2000
Falcon 7X (originally Falcon FNX)
Dassault M.D.320 Hirondelle
Dassault Mystere 30 - 30/40 passenger regional jet not brought into production
Mercure
Dassault Communaut

Cleanova
Socit de Vhicules xlectriques

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