nEUROn flight test in Italy
The nEUROn flight in the Italian skies has been shot for the “first time” at Decimomannu Italian Air Force base, Sardinia.
The flight test campaign of the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle nEUROn has been successfully concluded with the achievement of all established goals.
The nEUROn is the European full-scale technological demonstrator for an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) developed by an industrial team led by Dassault Aviation with the collaboration of Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, Saab, Airbus Defence and Space, RUAG and HAI.
In particular, the 12 highly sensitive Italian sorties have allowed to verify the characteristics of nEUROn’s combat capability, its low radar-cross section and low infrared signature.
The nEUROn is dedicated to the demonstration of key technologies for combat aircraft for future manned and unmanned systems.
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi’s contribution to the programme includes design and production of the generation and electrical distribution system; the innovative air data system (with stealth characteristics); low-observability components and, most importantly, the system of the so-called Smart Integrated Weapon Bay, SIWB. This system allows for the automatic detection and recognition of the target in stealth mode and enables the sending of an attack’s approval request to the ground station commander before the launching of weapons.