The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) French procurement agency has officially awarded the signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft ARCHANGE contract to Dassault Aviation and Thales on 30 December 2019, the agency announced on Twitter on 14 January. In a press release, Dassault Aviation specified that the current contract is for the two first aircraft.
On 18 November 2019, the French ministry for the armed forces officially launched the realisation phase of the ARCHANGE programme. Under this project Dassault will build three Falcon 8X aircraft equipped with the Thales new-generation payload CUGE (universal electronic warfare capability) for the French Air Force. These planes will replace the two C-160G Transall Gabriel currently operated by Armée de l'Air. The first ARCHANGE is planned for delivery in 2025.
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