Dassault Aviation has completed conversion of the last of four former French Air Force VIP Falcon 50s to Falcon 50MS maritime surveillance configuration for the French Navy. The aircraft is expected to be delivered in March and will join Flottille 24F at Base Aéronavale Lann-Bihoué.
The French Navy had originally acquired four Falcon 50M SURMARs, which entered service from March 2000. These were then upgraded to Falcon 50M-2 configuration from 2009. When the French Air Force retired its four VIP Falcon 50s, they were passed on to the Navy for maritime conversion to replace the Falcon 20H Gardians. Delivery of the last of these will bring the total French Navy fleet to eight Falcon 50s. Alan Warnes