Dassault Neuron UCAV Demonstrator Completes First Round of Tests


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Headquartered in Paris, Dassault Aviation is a French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets and is a subsidiary of Dassault Group. The company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch, but after World War II he changed his name to Marcel Dassault and the company name eventually became Dassault Aviation. In February 2015, the European Neuron unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator led by Dassault Aviation and French defense procurement agency DGA finished its testing in France. First debuting in December of 2012, the USD$439.8 million multinational Neuron technology demonstrator marked the first flight of a European stealth aircraft as well as the first European UCAS. France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland are all involved with this aircraft.

The 100 flights in France tested the datalink and stealth characteristics of the demonstrator and according to Dassault, “demonstrated ‘exemplary’ availability and reliability throughout.” “This success demonstrates Dassault Aviation’s know-how in strategic technologies and prime contractorship, as well as its ability to lead programmes involving European co-operation,” the company adds. Next, the Neuron aircraft will be transferred to Alenia Aermacchi in Italy and then to Sweden for a follow-up test phase by Saab. Dassault Aviation is the design authority for the Neuron aircraft and is responsible for the general design plan, system architecture, the flight control system and final assembly along with ground and flight tests. The company has accumulated over 28 million hours of flight time and delivered over 8,000 aircraft worldwide since 1945. In 2013 they reported a net income of USD$520 million and a revenue of USD$4.9 billion. Dassault employs 11,600 workers, 9,000 of which are in France. Via our proprietary website ASAP AOG, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Dassault products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Dassault parts at www.asapaog.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapaog.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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