Alenia Aeronautica delivers nEUROn hardware to Dassualt
Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, announces today that it has recently delivered the Weapon Bay Doors & Mechanism for nEUROn (the new-generation technology demonstrator for a European Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle - UCAV) to Dassault Aviation. This complex system was designed, built and integrated entirely by Alenia Aeronautica to include the weapon housing doors and the respective activation and control system.
The system delivered to Dassault Aviation fulfils the specific and extremely stringent programme requirements defined to ensure the very low observability of the aircraft. This required new design criteria to be adopted and the use of construction technologies that are completely innovative in Europe. In this regard, Alenia Aeronautica has patented the design for the "seal" around the perimeter of the weapon bay doors.
After having completed the meticulous acceptance checks with Dassault Aviation, which were entirely successful, the Weapon Bay Doors & Mechanism were shipped to the Dassault plant in Istres, where the final assembly of the aircraft and system integration tests are currently under way.
The nEUROn programme, launched by the French Ministry of Defence and supported by Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland, represents the huge efforts being made to develop new technologies and lay the foundations for future unmanned aircraft programmes for military use. The aim is to build a full-scale technology demonstrator of a UCAV that could fly in Europe by 2012.
In industrial terms, the nEUROn programme is led by the French Dassault Aviation company, with Alenia Aeronautica as the first industrial partner, with a 22% share in the programme and responsibility for systems and subsystems. As the Italian leader, Alenia Aeronautica also heads up a group of Italian companies that includes SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica company).
Specifically, Alenia Aeronautica is responsible for designing and producing the electricity generation and distribution system, the low observable air data system, and, most importantly, the Smart Integrated Weapon Bay (SIWB), the integrated weapons system components with full subsystem management autonomy. This system allows the target to be automatically identified and recognised; a request for approval to be sent to the ground station commander and the weapon to be launched in stealth mode.
Source: Alenia Aeronautica
Further to the integration of the Drakonit (Dragon) to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) fleet of UAVs, which enables soldiers to fire at targets without ...
An uplift in demand to protect critical national infrastructure (CNI) following the shutdown of major UK airports in December and January due to rogue ‘drone’ ...
Oil Spill Response (OSRL) has launched a UAS service to enhance response capabilities for its members in the event of an oil spill, the company ...
Planck Aerosystems has received authorisation from the US Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Air Traffic Control, to test its Shearwater UAS in controlled airspace ...
Thales has signed a five-year partnership agreement with the University of Southampton to research and develop maritime autonomous technology, the company announced on 7 February. ...
Cranfield University and Blue Bear Systems Research have successfully conducted the first test flights to establish the principles for the National Beyond visual line of ...