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PARIS, July 25 French planemaker Dassault
Aviation reported lower first-half profits and
revenues on lower Falcon business jet deliveries and higher
research and development costs on Thursday, but predicted a
pick-up in revenue in the second half.
On the eve of a visit by France's defence minister to India,
the maker of luxury jets and Rafale warplanes also stressed the
importance of completing a major fighter contract in the country
and called for the launch of two new European drone projects.
Dassault Aviation said first-half operating profit excluding
its stake in electronics firm Thales fell 23 percent
to 187 million euros on revenues which fell 5 percent to 1.826
billion euros. It took in 1.41 billion euros of new orders.
It predicted a rise in full-year Falcon deliveries to 70
units compared with 66 in 2012, and higher full-year revenues.
(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer, Tim Hepher)