Dassault Aviation joined the Falcon 5X’s main center fuselage subassemblies–the front and rear lower subassemblies and the upper subassembly–in mid-April, the company announced on Thursday. This is a milestone for the 5,200-nm wide-cabin twinjet, which the French OEM expects to fly in the first half of next year and enter service in 2017.
Next month, the main center section will be joined to the forward section and the rear section, forming the complete fuselage. Once fully assembled and pressure tested, the fuselage will be ready for shipment this summer to Dassault’s plant in Mérignac, France, for aircraft final assembly.
Meanwhile, automated wing assembly is under way at the company’s Martignas plant near Mérignac, with the first set of 5X wings due to arrive at Mérignac at the same time as the fuselage. A pair of the Snecma Silvercrest turbofans chosen to power the twinjet will also arrive later this summer. Landing-gear tests have been completed and tests on other systems have begun, including avionics, fuel and air conditioning.