Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21, 2013 — Dassault Aviation announced today that it has chosen the latest-generation Silvercrest® turbofan from Snecma (Safran) to power its new business jet, the Falcon 5X, unveiled at the NBAA business aviation trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Falcon 5X is a twin-engine business jet featuring a large cabin and long range (5,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.80), scheduled to enter service in 2017. Snecma is supplying Dassault with the complete integrated powerplant system (IPPS), including the engine, nacelle, thrust reverser and suspension mounting system. The Silvercrest® engine intended for the Falcon 5X will develop 11,450 lb of thrust.
Silvercrest® incorporates the latest advanced technologies developed through Snecma's research efforts, to offer unrivaled performance in the business jet market, in terms of propulsion efficiency, reliability and environmental friendliness. The engine will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15% versus today's powerplants, while providing margins of up to 50% versus the ICAO's CAEP/6 standard for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions, and noise levels that already meet the upcoming Chapter 14 standard, cutting in half the aircraft's noise footprint.
Furthermore, Silvercrest® integrates ForeVisionTM, a real-time monitoring system developed by Snecma and offered for the first time on a business aircraft. ForeVisionTM continuously monitors engine readings in flight. If it detects an anomaly, the system immediately sends this information to Snecma's data center, where it is analyzed by specialized engineers using expert systems. If deemed necessary, these engineers can then inform the operator and recommend the required actions, from simple preventive maintenance to sending a mobile maintenance crew on-site.
"Thanks to the technologies incorporated in Silvercrest®, developed through Snecma's long experience as a manufacturer of commercial and military jet engines, we can meet our ambitious performance goals" said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
"We are delighted to have been chosen by Dassault Aviation" added Pierre Fabre, Chairman and CEO of Snecma. "Their selection is a clear mark of confidence in Snecma and our people, who have been working on the development of this engine for several years. It also validates our strategy of developing a brand-new engine, designed from the ground up for high-end business jets. Silvercrest® will enable these aircraft to fly higher, faster and farther, in total comfort and with peace of mind. Our engine sets the new performance standard in this market."
It will supply a suite of components – integrated fuel pump and metering unit, variable stator vane actuator and variable bleed valve actuator – for the Snecma Silvercrest engine program.
This first complete Silvercrest engine is being assembled and will start ground tests this summer, followed by flight tests slated for the first half of 2013.
The tests are being performed on a test cell at Snecma's Villaroche plant near Paris; a total of eight engines will be used for testing and certification..