The Dassault Aviation Group has always applied a dual (civil-military) technology strategy, an integral part of its DNA that ensures the company’s balance. The products for these markets are complementary, providing effective protection against fluctuating political and economic conditions.
The Éclair propeller from 1916 marked the start of aviation designs by Marcel Bloch, who was already building both civil and military aircraft between the two world wars. Marcel Bloch’s company turned out a long string of aircraft, ranging from the all-metal MB-60 trimotor postal plane, to the MB-174/175 reconnaissance planes and bombers, as well as the MB-200 and MB-210 bombers, the twin-engine MB-220 and four-engine MB-160 commercial transports, and the MB-152 single-seat fighter.
After returning from a concentration camp in April 1945, Marcel Bloch changed his name to Marcel Dassault. Since then, the company has delivered more than 8,250 civil and military aircraft to over 90 countries.
Dassault first earned its post-war reputation for the Ouragan-Mystère family of jet fighters, followed by the legendary Mirage family. From the early 1960s, the company added the Falcon family of business jets to its portfolio. It gave rise to two companies: Dassault Falcon Service, based in Le Bourget, France, and Dassault Falcon Jet, located in the United States.