Royal Air Force Announce New VIP Transport Aircraft

Dassault Falcon 900LX
Dassault Falcon 900LX (Photo: Royal Air Force)

LONDON – The Royal Air Force has announced a £80 million contract with Centreline, a Bristol-based Private Jet charter company.

The contract will see Centreline provide two Dassault Falcon 900LX aircraft, to replace four BAe 146s.

Air Commodore Martin, RAF’s Programme Lead said “The Defence Equipment and Support and RAF teams have done an incredible job to procure these modern and efficient aircraft.”

“I look forward to seeing them support the UK Defence Mission and our wider strategic partnerships.”

The contract is placed by Defense Equipment and Support, the division of the Ministry of Defense tasked with procurement.

It covers the purchase of the two aircraft, plus support for two years. Additionally, there is an option for three support years.

The aircraft will initially be operated by Civilian and RAF crews. However, when the aircraft reach full capability, they will be operated purely by RAF crews.

In order to get to full capability, missile jamming systems and military communications equipment will be installed on the aircraft.

“I am incredibly proud of the team at Defence Equipment and Support who have worked innovatively and at pace to negotiate a contract that is exceptional value for money and ensures this critical capability is available,” commented CEO Sir Simon Bollom, Defence Equipment and Support.

So the RAF says farewell to its BAE146s and brings in the new with the Dassault Falcon 900LX.

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