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Dassault Aviation - European Combat Aircraft Industry

Dassault Aviation : 23 June, 2007  (New Product)
For the next twenty years, the European Combat Aircraft Industry has to face three main challenges:
* The development of the strategic technologies that the US are mastering or will master and that will never be transferred to Europe;

* Upholding of its skill and excellency. In a lot of areas, European industry has technical competence and field excellence and, because of a lack of workload, this know-how might disappear;.

* Workload for the European design offices.

The best way to take up these challenges would be to launch a new Combat Aircraft Programme in Europe, based on an entirely European development. Unfortunately, if one looks at the need for replacing existing combat aircraft in Europe, it appears clearly that there will be no such opportunity before the horizon 2030 at the earliest.

Facing such a situation, the French Government has decided to take the initiative by launching a project of unmanned combat air vehicle technological demonstrator in European co-operation.

The aim of French initiative on the nEUROn Demonstrator is to provide European design offices with a project which will allow them to develop know-how and to maintain capabilities in the coming years. This project will be go beyond the theoretical studies that have been conducted until now in the European Union, as it plan the building and flight demonstration of an aircraft.

The project team includes :

* Alenia (Italy) which, among others, contributes with a new concept of internal weapon bay (Smart Weapon Bay), the bay doors and their mecanisms, as well as by the design and development of the electrical power and distribution system, the air data system and the ground and flight tests.

* SAAB (Sweden), which is entrusted with the general design, the equipped fuselage, the avionics, the fuel system and part of the flight testing;

* Hellenic Aerospace industry (HAI) is responsible for the rear fuselage, the exhaust pipe and the test rig;

* EADS (Spain) will bring its experience for the wings, the ground station, and the data link integration;

* RUAG (Switzerland) is taking care of the wind tunnel tests, and the weapon interface;

In addition to being the design authority, Dassault Aviation takes care of the general design and architecture of the system, the flight control system, the final assembly and the ground tests as well as the flight tests.
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