The French aircraft manufacturer Dassault cancels its Falcon 5X business jet production program
After several years of misfortune and technical issues pertaining to engines for the new Falcon 5X business jet, the French manufacturer Dassault Aviation has discontinued the development of this model. Upon the launch of Twinjet in 2013, it was announced that the aircraft is going to be fitted with Safran Silvercrest engines, with the first delivery thereof expected by the end of the year. However, major technical problems encountered in the course of developing the Silvercrest engines have caused a delay in delivery, while the aircraft test program was scheduled to begin by the end of 2017. Fitted with prototype engine versions, the 5X first took off on July 5 already; however, the engine manufacturer has then notified Dassault of the occurrence of new problems with the high-pressure compressor unit and difficulties encountered while trying to achieve the stated parameters, which was going to entail another delay in the delivery of engines. Hopes were finally dispelled by the circumstances pertaining to the planned engine certification in 2018. 'Considering the magnitude of risks associated with both technical and graphical aspects of the Silvercrest program, Dassault has initiated termination of the contract with Silvercrest, which resulted in the discontinuance of the Falcon 5X program.' Though Dassault has cancelled its order for the engines, Textron Aviation has confirmed that it still cooperates with Silvercrest within the boundaries of development of its new-generation Citation Hemisphere, expected to become the largest aeroplane in the manufacturer product range upon completion. Due to cancellation of the 5X project, Dassault's CEO Éric Trappier has announced the launch of a replacement for Falcon, fitted with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines, expected to be put into operation in 2022.