nEUROn UCAV makes its maiden flight

The nEUROn, Europe’s unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) stealth technology demonstrator, successfully makes its maiden flight from the Dassault Aviation company’s test base in Istres, France.

Images credit: Dassault Aviation – R. Michelin

nEUROn UCAV makes its maiden flight

The nEUROn project was launched in 2005 by French defense procurement agency -DGA-, and involves France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece and Switzerland. It defines a future for the aeronautic excellence of Europe.

The Europe’s unmanned combat air vehicle has a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight of 5 tons. The nEUROn is powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca engine.

“With Dassault Aviation as prime contractor, the program was designed to pool the skills and know-how of Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), Saab (Sweden) responsible for avionics, fuel systems, critical parts of the ground station, as well as the design and production of the main fuselage, EADS-CASA (Spain), HAI (Greece), RUAG (Switzerland) and Thales (France).

The nEUROn will continue to undergo testing in France until 2014, at which time it will be sent to Vidsel in Sweden for a series of operational trials. It will then go to the Perdadesfogu range (Italy) for further tests, in particular firing and stealth measurements.”

nEUROn UCAV makes its maiden flight

sources Dassault-Aviation,   Saabgroup