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Dassault's nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle succesfully completes test campaign in France

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Dassault Aviation
 
 
Dassault's nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle successfully completes test campaign in France
 
With the completion of its 100th flight in February, the nEUROn UCAV technology demonstrator has completed its test campaign in France. Throughout this entire campaign, the nEUROn and associated equipment demonstrated exemplary availability and reliability, said Dassault Aviation, which is leading the program, in an official statement.
     
With the completion of its 100th flight in February, the nEUROn UCAV technology demonstrator has completed its test campaign in France. Throughout this entire campaign, the nEUROn and associated equipment demonstrated exemplary availability and reliability, said Dassault Aviation, which is leading the program, in an official statement. nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator is being developed by an international cooperation, led by the French company Dassault Aviation
     
In the first phase, the purpose of the tests was to open the flight envelope (including with weapon bay doors open), to test the electro-optical sensor and to evaluate datalink performance.

In the second phase, most flights were dedicated to infrared and electromagnetic signature/detection confrontations against operational systems.

These confrontations, which produced all the expected results, were performed under the authority of the French defense procurement agency DGA. The nEUROn, in full stealth configuration, was operated by Dassault Aviation.

Stealth-related data and feedback will serve as a reference for future aircraft projects.

This success demonstrates Dassault Aviation's know-how in strategic technologies and prime contractorship, as well as its ability to lead programs involving European cooperation.

A new chapter now opens for the nEUROn with evaluations that will take place in Italy, then Sweden.

The nEUROn UCAV carried out its first flight in December 2012. Six nations are involved: France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland.