ISTRES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2012) - Today, the nEUROn, Europe's unmannedcombat air vehicle (UCAV) stealth technology demonstrator,successfullycompleted its maiden flight from the Dassault Aviation company's flighttestbase in Istres, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of theFrenchdefense procurement agency (DGA).
The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involvesFrance,Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland. It defines a futurefor theaeronautic excellence of Europe.
With Dassault Aviation as prime contractor, the program was designed topool theskills and know-how of Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), Saab (Sweden),EADS-CASA(Spain), HAI (Greece), RUAG (Switzerland) and Thales (France).
With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weightof 5tons, the aircraft is powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca "Adour" engine.
The nEUROn will continue to undergo testing in France until 2014, at whichtimeit will be sent to Vidsel in Sweden for a series of operational trials. Itwillthen go to the Perdadesfogu range (Italy) for further tests, inparticularfiring and stealth measurements.
About Dassault Aviation
With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 75 countriesoverthe past 60 years, and having logged nearly 20 million flight hours todate,Dassault Aviation can offer recognized know-how and experience in thedesign,development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, from the Rafalefighterto the Falcon range of high-end business jets. Dassault Aviation'suniqueexperience as architect of complex airborne systems ideally positionsit tooffer strategic expertise, innovative operational solutions and anefficientapproach to cooperation.
For high resolution photo of the nEUROn, visit:http://mediapro.dassault-aviation.com/
For high resolution videos of the nEUROn, visit:ftp://planimonteur.com
Dassault Aviation:The nEUROn makes its maiden flight:http://hugin.info/143388/R/1661932/538518.pdf
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