The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received its third and final Dassault FALCON 7X aircraft, as it completes part of a project to upgrade the Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA) fleet.

The Air Force has enjoyed decades of successful experience operating Dassault aircraft, from the MIRAGE III fighter to the FALCON 20 and FALCON 900 business Jets […] This long and successful partnership between Air Force and Dassault has continued seamlessly as we introduce the last of the FALCON 7X aircraft today […] Our SPA fleet sustainment partner, Northrop Grumman, has a long history of professional maintenance services that has achieved excellent SPA availability for Air Force. As a result, Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to continue to sustain our SPA fleet, including the two Boeing Business Jet aircraft,” commented Head of Air Force Capability, Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts, during the arrival event. “Strong stakeholder relationships are key to success of any project. We look forward to strengthening these relationships with Dassault and Northrop Grumman as we move from acquisition to sustaining the fleet,” she added.

The FALCON 7X is leased through Northrop Grumman and will be operated by Number 34 Squadron based at Defence Establishment Fairbairn in the Australian Capital Territory. (Photo: Australian Department of Defence)

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