ISTRES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2012) - Today, the nEUROn, Europe's unmanned
combat air vehicle (UCAV) stealth technology demonstrator,
completed its maiden flight from the Dassault Aviation company's flight
base in Istres, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the
defense procurement agency (DGA).
The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves
Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland. It defines a future
aeronautic excellence of Europe.
With Dassault Aviation as prime contractor, the program was designed to
skills and know-how of Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), Saab (Sweden),
(Spain), HAI (Greece), RUAG (Switzerland) and Thales (France).
With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight
tons, the aircraft is powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca "Adour" engine.
The nEUROn will continue to undergo testing in France until 2014, at which
it will be sent to Vidsel in Sweden for a series of operational trials. It
then go to the Perdadesfogu range (Italy) for further tests, in
firing and stealth measurements.
About Dassault Aviation
With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 75 countries
the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 20 million flight hours to
Dassault Aviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in the
development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the Rafale
to the Falcon range of high-end business jets. Dassault Aviation's
experience as architect of complex airborne systems ideally positions
offer strategic expertise, innovative operational solutions and an
approach to cooperation.
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