nEUROn demonstrator presented to industrial team
Dassault Aviation has presented the nEUROn European UCAV technology demonstrator to the representatives of the nEUROn industrial team - Saab (Sweden), Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), EADS-CASA (Spain), HAI (Greece) and RUAG (Switzerland). The presentation marks a major milestone for the nEUROn programme, as it moves into the next phase of testing.
The demonstrator has now undergone five years of design, development, production, assembly and the first static tests. The first engine tests will be performed shortly, 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 nEUROn programme aims to develop the technologies critical to tomorrow's combat aircraft;
and 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.
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