On November 19, 2020, during a visit to the Dassault Aviation plant in Seclin, 200 kilometers north of Paris, France, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly confirmed the upcoming notification of the contract for the “Albatros” Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Aircraft (AVSIMAR) program, which will be based on the Dassault Aviation Falcon 2000LXS.
Five planes for Oceania
In accordance with the military programming law, the initial order is for 7 aircraft, to be delivered from 2025, out of the 12 planned in total.
The ALPACI – for France Pacific Command – assumes control of French Forces deployments in Asia-Pacific, except Oceania, defending and promoting French interests for a free and secure Asia-Pacific, recently stated on Twitter that “five [of these Falcon 2000LXS] will be deployed in the Pacific, in Tahiti and in New Caledonia”.
France orders 12 Falcon 2000LXS Albatros maritime surveillance aircraft. 5 will be deployed in the Pacific, in Tahiti and in New Caledonia. pic.twitter.com/y3cp2fhong
— France Pacific Command Alpaci (@ALPACIFRAPACOM) November 21, 2020
Photo > Falcon 2000LLS Credit: Twitter France Pacific Command Alpaci