Dassault Aviation
Paris : AM

January 20, 2012 03:14 ET

Dassault Aviation: Presentation of the nEUROn to the Government representatives

ISTRES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - Jan 20, 2012) - SAINT-CLOUD CEDEX 300 -- The nEUROn, European UCAV technology demonstrator, has been officially presented to the representatives of the six participating countries by Mr. Charles Edelstenne, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Mr. Serge Dassault, Honorary Chairman of the company, as well as the representatives of the nEUROn industrial team -- Saab (Sweden), Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), EADS-CASA (Spain), HAI (Greece) and RUAG (Switzerland) -- attended this ceremony.

This presentation is a major milestone after five years of design, development, production, assembly and the first static tests of the nEUROn demonstrator. The first engine tests will be performed very soon, aiming at a first flight mid-2012. Afterwards, a complete sequence of test flights will take place during two years in France, Sweden and Italy. These tests will address flight qualities, stealthiness, air-to-ground weapon firing from an internal bay, integration into a C4i environment as well as the insertion of uninhabited platform in airspace.

The National Armament Director -- or their representatives -- of the six participating countries (France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Switzerland) have been able to see for the first time this demonstrator that represents a triple "first" for the aerospace industries of European countries: first stealth combat aircraft, first UCAV developed in co-operation and first combat aircraft entirely designed and developed on a virtual plateau.

Launched at the initiative of the French Ministry of Defense in 2003, the nEUROn program has two aims:

-- to develop the technologies critical to tomorrow's combat aircraft;

-- to validate an innovative co-operation model, that optimizes the respective know-hows of the participating industries under the leadership of a single recognized and accepted main contractor.

During a brief speech, Mr. Charles Edelstenne said that it is now up to the Governments to think about a follow-up to nEUROn, in order to use at the best the experience gained during five years of development work.

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Dassault Aviation: Presentation of the nEUROn to the Government repre: http://hugin.info/143388/R/1578901/492547.pdf

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Yves Robins
    nEUROn communication
    Tel: + 33 (0)1 47 11 86 91

    Stephane Fort
    corporate communication
    Tel: + 33 (0)1 47 11 86 90

    Website: www.dassault-aviation.com