Saab: Successful first flight for Neuron

  Saab: Successful first flight for Neuron

Business Wire

LINKÖPING, Sweden -- December 01, 2012

Neuron, the European Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle demonstrator, has
completed its first flight in French Istres achieving a major milestone in the
Neuron programme, where defence and security company Saab has played a
critical role in the design, development and production.

Now more flight testing will follow. The Neuron is expected to fly in Sweden
in 2014.

“This first flight demonstrates Saab’s ability to develop and produce advanced
aeronautics products. The Neuron programme has resulted in experiences that
will further enhance Saab’s competiveness with regard to high-tech and cost
efficient design and production methods. The knowledge gained is being used in
the development of the next-generation Gripen, our civil production and future
activities within Unmanned Aerial Systems,” says Mats Palmberg Vice President
and Head of Marketing and Future Products, at Saab’s business area

Within the programme Saab has been responsible for avionics, fuel systems,
critical parts of the ground station, as well as the design and production of
the main fuselage. The fuselage was delivered to Dassault Aviation in France
in 2011. Saab has also been involved in flight testing, aerodynamics and
stealth technology.

Neuron is the first large size stealth platform designed in Europe. It is a
demonstrator optimised and intended for the testing of various key
technologies and will not enter serial production. The aim of the demonstrator
programme is to develop expertise among participating nations and industries
in advanced aeronautics. Furthermore, the participation in the Neuron
programme has strengthened Saab’s ability to manage and take part in large
collaborative projects with industries and authorities spanning several
nations. A particularly valuable experience considering the defence industry’s
shift towards a growing share of development work being done collaboratively.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and
solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations
and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves
new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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