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World Aviation Industry News - Dassault Aviation
 
 
First successfully flight of stealth Drone NEURON Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator.
 
The Neuron stealth combat drone UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) demonstrator successfully made its first flight, Saturday, December 1, 21012. The Neuron demonstrator which has the the size of a fighter aircraft, took off from the military air base of Istres in France. It was operated by a technical team of Dassaut Aviation.
     
The Neuron stealth combat drone UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) demonstrator successfully made its first flight, Saturday, December 1, 21012. The Neuron demonstrator which has the the size of a fighter aircraft, took off from the military air base of Istres in France. It was operated by a technical team of Dassaut Aviation.
Stealth drone NEURON UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) during take-off in military air base of Istres, France.
     
Technical experts from the DGA (French Ministry of Defense – Defense Procurement Agency) have taken control of the airspace where NEURON has evolved. This control ensures that these flights are conducted safely in relation to other airspace users as well as compliance with regulations.

This flight is a major milestone in this ambitious project, and opens the way for next campaigns flight tests in Italy, Sweden and France. These tests are intended to demonstrate the flying capacities of the platform, but also to assess the stealth and combat skills.

The aircraft will continue to be tested in France until 2014 when it moves to Vidsel, Sweden for operational trials, and, finally, to the Perdadesfogu range Italy to measure stealth characteristics and live-firing tests.

The DGA provides overall project management of Neuron UCAV notified in 2006. It is the result of European cooperation including France together with Dassault Aviation as prime contractor,and five countries and their industrial partners: Italy (Alenia Aeronautica), Sweden (Saab), Spain (Eads-Casa), Greece (HAI) and Switzerland (Ruag).

Financed from the research budget of French Ministry of Defence, NEURON marks a major research efforts and the technology to maintain essential industrial skills. He inaugurated the next generation of combat aircraft, whether manned or unmanned, with the aim of preserving European autonomy in this area. This is a major challenge on both engineering and industrial technologies.

     
Video NEURON UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) demonstrator first flight
     
The nEUROn is the first large size stealth platform designed in Europe. Building on the experience gained from recent projects, for the first time in a military project, the nEUROn is designed and developed within the frame of a completely integrated “Product Lifecycle Management” (PLM) environment, through a “virtual plateau”, allowing Dassault Aviation and its partners, located in the different countries, to simultaneously work together on the same design data base, independently from the location where the design activities are currently performed.

With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight of 5 tons, the aircraft is powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca “Adour” engine.
     
The Neuron stealth combat drone UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) demonstrator successfully made its first flight, Saturday, December 1, 21012. The Neuron demonstrator which has the the size of a fighter aircraft, took off from the military air base of Istres in France. It was operated by a technical team of Dassaut Aviation.
Stealth drone NEURON UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) during its first flight in Istres, France.
 
 
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