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DASSAULT AVIATION hopes to retain a share of at least 10% in combat-aircraft export markets, averaging sales of up to 30 aircraft a year over the next decade. The group also hopes to keep a 40% share of the business-jet market sector in which it is active.

Dassault predicts a market for 3,000 replacement combat aircraft over the next ten years, of which it hopes to capture between 200 and 300 sales; mostly for the Mirage 2000-5 and Rafale multi-role fighter, which will be ready for export in 1999.

Domestic deliveries have slowed dramatically, however. Current plans call for deliveries to begin with one aircraft in 1997, building up to 16 a year from 2002.

Slowing military activity continued to have an impact on sales, with the group reporting that its revenues slumped by almost Fr1 billion ($190 million) in 1994, to Fr12.4 billion. Sales are expected to stay at around Fr12 billion this year.

The result was helped by 22 deliveries in 1994 of Falcon business-jets.

Source: Flight International