An­other first for the nEUROn


Europe’s nEUROn un­manned com­bat air ve­hi­cle demon­stra­tor was pre­sented in flight at an air meet at Istres or­gan­ised by the French Air Force. It is the first time in world aero­nau­ti­cal his­tory that a stealth air­craft con­trolled from the ground has flown in pub­lic.

The event – which was pre­pared by teams from Das­sault Avi­a­tion, along with the French de­fence pro­cure­ment agency DGA and the French Air Force – was able to take place thanks to the re­li­a­bil­ity and safety demon­strated by the nEUROn since the start of test­ing in 2012.

“This for­ma­tion of three air­craft il­lus­trates the tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise nec­es­sary for to­mor­row’s aero­nau­ti­cal projects. It also con­trib­utes to the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions of our Group, which has been de­sign­ing, build­ing and sup­port­ing civil and mil­i­tary air­craft since 1916,” de­clared Das­sault Avi­a­tion CEO Eric Trap­pier.

In March 2014, the nEUROn be­came the world’s first un­manned com­bat air ve­hi­cle to fly in for­ma­tion with other air­craft (a Rafale and a Fal­con 7X).

Fur­ther­more, out­side the United States, the nEUROn team is the first in the world to have de­signed, built and flown a stealthy un­manned com­bat air ve­hi­cle demon­stra­tor and the first to have sub­mit­ted it to a com­pre­hen­sive test pro­gramme, in­clud­ing tests in­volv­ing oper­a­tional de­tec­tion sys­tems (radar and in­frared) and launch of a weapon from an in­ter­nal bay at high speed.

nEUROn is a Euro­pean pro­gramme for an un­manned com­bat aerial ve­hi­cle (UCAV) tech­nol­ogy demon­stra­tor, con­ducted by Das­sault Avi­a­tion as prime con­trac­tor un­der the au­thor­ity of French de­fence pro­cure­ment agency DGA. It her­alds to­mor­row’s de­fence pro­grammes, since it fed­er­ates ex­per­tise from across Europe (France, Italy, Swe­den, Spain, Greece and Switzer­land).

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