Dassault Aviation: The nEUROn makes its maiden flight

Dassault Aviation: The nEUROn makes its maiden flight 
ISTRES, FRANCE -- (Marketwire) -- 12/01/12 --  Today,  the  nEUROn,
Europe's unmanned combat   air   vehicle  (UCAV)  stealth  technology
 demonstrator, successfully
completed  its maiden  flight from  the
Dassault  Aviation company's flight test
base  in Istres, in
collaboration  with the flight test  personnel of the French
procurement agency (DGA). 
The  nEUROn  was  launched  in  2005 by  the customer, DGA, and
involves France,
Italy,  Sweden,  Spain,  Greece  and  Switzerland. 
It  defines a future for the aeronautic excellence of Europe. 
With Dassault Aviation as prime contractor, the program was designed
to pool the skills  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
weight of 5 tons, the aircraft is powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca
"Adour" engine. 
The  nEUROn will continue to undergo testing in France until 2014, at
which time
it  will be sent to Vidsel in Sweden for a series of
operational trials. It will
then  go  to  the  Perdadesfogu  range 
(Italy) for further tests, in particular
firing and stealth
About Dassault Aviation 
With  more than 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 75
countries over
the  past 60 years,  and having  logged nearly  20
million flight hours to date,
Dassault  Aviation can offer 
recognized know-how and  experience in the design,
development,  sale
and support of all types of aircraft, from the Rafale fighter
to  the
 Falcon  range  of  high-end  business  jets. Dassault Aviation's
experience  as architect  of complex  airborne systems 
ideally positions it to offer  strategic expertise,  innovative
operational  solutions and  an efficient
approach to cooperation. 
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Press contacts: 
Dassault Aviation, nEUROn communication
Yves Robins
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 11 86 91 
Dassault Aviation, corporate communication
Stephane Fort
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 11 86 90
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