The first Falcon 2000 series cockpit nose assembly made in India by Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd. (DRAL) -a joint venture of Mumbai-based Reliance Infrastructure and Dassault Aviation-is now ready to be delivered. The nose section is assembled at the DRAL plant in Nagpur and is expected to be ceremonially handed over to Dassault later this week during the Aero India air show in Bangalore before it is shipped to a final assembly line in France.

The DRAL facility is located in the special economic zone adjacent to Nagpur International Airport. The first stone was laid 15 months ago "to fabricate various components of the compensation obligation related to the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters from France, signed between the two governments in September 2016," Dassault said. Nowadays DRAL is slowly building up a supply chain in India that has already awarded many of the approximately 2,500 components in the cockpit section of the Falcon 2000. The plan to assemble the cockpit in Nagpur was made because of the lower cost of Indian labor.

The Falcon 2000 will be mounted in stages in Nagpur n. "By the beginning of 2022, we want to assemble and fly the complete Falcon 2000 aircraft here in Nagpur," said DRAL CEO S.T. Sampathkumaran. Beyond 2022, AIN has been informed that the facility will be upgraded to assemble two complete Falcon 2000's, including custom interiors, every month for US customers. Dassault said this would be a supplement to his Falcon 2000 assembly line in France.

"We continue to dedicate ourselves … to make our modest contribution to the & # 39; Make in India & # 39; – and & # 39; Skill India & # 39; government policies in the critical area of ​​defense, including our compensation agreement with our valued partner, Dassault Aviation of France, & # 39; said Reliance Group Chairman Anil D. Ambani.

About the joint venture last year told the chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier AIN, "Reliance is our partner and we believe in it", adding that people in India were trained to ensure skills.