NEURON drone: While the FOSA (Social Works Foundation Air) is currently holding its first airshow 2016 season on the Air Base 110 of Creil, its second meeting, on the air base 125 of Istres-Le Tubé 04 and June 5, 2016, the subject of numerous rumors, which are confirmed or not.
Indeed, while the US Air Force must be present in full force with the implementation on the ground of a B-1B Lancer, and in the air, with a B-52 Stratofortress which has to make a pass over the base, Dassault Aviation will also provide part of the show, especially because of the 100 years of french aircraft manufacturer and its location on the base.
To mark its presence in the air meeting, and according to several sources, Dassault Aviation will fly its European UCAV demonstrator NEURON, which will evolve in Flight alongside a Rafale and Falcon 8X last born of the range of business aircraft.
A repeat of airline developments has also occurred in the afternoon of Friday, May 27, 2016, to train pilots to these passages, a first for this drone that will evolve in front of thousands of people.
However, this demonstration remains dependent, and like many others, of a possible technical problem, weather, and guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Currently, the General Directorate of Armament conducting a campaign of flight tests of the NEURON, in cooperation with the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle since the main objective is “to study the use of a UCAV in a naval context. “
To recall, the European NEURON program, which started in 2006, is the result of European cooperation that brings together, in addition to France with Dassault Aviation as prime contractor, five industrial partners and their countries: Italy with Alenia Aermacchi, Sweden with Saab, Spain with Airbus Defence & Space, Greece with HAI and RUAG Switzerland with. To recap, the first flight of the NEURON took place at Istres on 1 December 2012.
This UCAV demonstrator, similar to the X-47B drone of the US Navy, is equipped with Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk. 951, also used by Jaguar, Hawk, or the T-45 Goshawk, following different versions . The measure NEURON officially 9.20 meters long, with a wingspan of 12.50 meters. With an empty weight of 900kg 4 or 7 000kg maximum, this UAV can fly up to Mach 0.8, with a maximum ceiling of 14 000m. It is able to carry and fire two laser guided bombs of 250kg and uses landing gear based on that service on the Mirage 2000 from the French Air Force.