Dassault Aviation (French pronunciation: [daso]) is an international French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets, a subsidiary of Dassault Group.
It was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Société des Avions Marcel Bloch or « MB ». After World War II, Marcel Bloch changed his name to Marcel Dassault, and the name of the company was changed to Avions Marcel Dassault on 20 January 1947.
In 1971 Dassault acquired Breguet, forming Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (AMD-BA). In 1990 the company was renamed Dassault Aviation.
The Dassault Aviation Group is headed by Eric Trappier since 9 January 2013.
In 2015, Dassault Aviation is a multinational company employing almost 11,745 people, including 9,000 in France, with a commercial presence in over 83 countries and its activities are centered on the following areas:
- aeronautics with 8,000 aircraft delivered since 1945, mainly business jets representing 71% of activity (Falcon) and also military aircraft (Mirage 2000, Rafale and nEUROn)
- space activities (ground telemetry systems, spacecraft design and pyrotechnic activities),
- services (Dassault Procurement Services, Dassault Falcon Jet and Dassault Falcon Service),
- aerospace and defense systems (Sogitec Industries)
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