20.2.2020

nEUROn UCAV informing FCAS/SCAF development

nEUROn UCAV informing FCAS/SCAF development – link

Source: Jane’s

Article Headlines

  • France is using the pan-European nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator to progress the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) / Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) program that it is developing with Germany and Spain
  • The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) procurement agency announced on 20 February that flight trials of the nEUROn UCAV are being carried out by the Military Air Expertise Centre (CEAM), the Air Force Airborne Control Detection Squadron (EDCA), and by Dassault Aviation
  • “One of its objectives was to study the use of a stealth combat drone in an operational context, [while] also involving reflection on defence tactics [by an adversary] in the face of such a [use]”, the DGA said in a statement
  • As noted by the DGA, the tests have involved the nEUROn flying in concert with five Dassault Rafale combat aircraft and a Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, “in multiple tactical configurations”

Overview & Comments

  • The nEUROn is a stealth UCAV test bad that dates back to 2006 and conducted its maiden flight in 2012
  • Dassault was the prime contractor on the project, with contributing companies being Alenia Aermacchi (Italy), EADS CASA (Spain), Hellenic Aerospace Industry (Greece), RUAG (Switzerland), Saab (Sweden), and Thales (France)
  • The EUR400 million (USD433 million) program was not intended to produce an operational platform, but was instead aimed at developing European aerospace technology

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