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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Maiden Flight: 1 December 2012
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: UCAV
Origin: France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
Corporations: Airbus Group, Alenia Aermacchi, Dassault-Aviation*, HAI Hellenic Aerospace Industry, RUAG Holding and Saab   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: NEURON
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2014
Maiden Flight: 1 December 2012
Total Production: ?
Total Cost: USD$480 million
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Description: The Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) program is aimed at developing technologies to enabled unmanned aerial platforms to effectively penetrate enemy air space either autonomously or guided with the additional capability to attack ground targets. EADS and Dassault Aviation, as the prime contractor, launched this program with the signing of a collaborative agreement in June 2004. In June 2004, Dassault announced that the UCAV demonstrator's name was NEURON.

NEURON will feature a GPS/INS based navigation system, data links, stealth features, complex carbon fiber structures, and an internal weapons bay. An Automatic Target Acquisition/Recognition (ATA/ATR) will be provided to the NEURON ensuring ground targets engagement capability. The UCAV demonstrator is expected to perform its maiden flight by 2011. If finally NEURON turns into a combat aircraft, it would achieve initial operational capability well beyond 2015.

The demonstrator program is worth €300 million to be funded jointly by the program partner countries. Greece joined this program in January 2003. Spain's EADS CASA joined the project in May 2005. As of June 2005, there are six countries partnering the UCAV program: France (EADS and Dassault); Sweden (SAAB); Greece (HAI); Italy (Alenia); Switzerland (RAUG); and Spain (EADS CASA).

In June 2005, Dassault Aviation awarded Thales a contract to develop the high-speed data-link for the Neuron demonstrator. In December the Swedish government decided to participate in the Neuron program through MSEK 750 in funding of which MSEK 600 were financed by Saab. The Neuron program received officially the green light by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in February 2006. The first demonstrator was priced at 405 million Euro with its maiden flight anticipated by 2011 or 2012.

NEURON Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Length: 10 meter (32.8 foot)
Wingspan: 12.5 meter (41 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 0.80 mach (956 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3 hour
Empty Weight: 5,000 kilogram (11,023 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 7,000 kilogram (15,432 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 14 news between
24 Jun 2003 and 3 Mar 2016
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Thursday, March 3, 2016France and UK to Launch a New Phase of the Unmanned Combat Air System in 2017
Tuesday, August 25, 2015Neuron Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles Completes Flight Test Program
Wednesday, November 5, 2014France and the UK to Field Future Combat Aircraft System by 2030
Saturday, December 1, 2012European Unmanned Combat Aircraft Demonstrator nEUROn Makes its Maiden Flight
Thursday, January 19, 2012nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Rolled-Out
Wednesday, December 14, 2011Cassidian and Alenia Aeronautica Agree on UAS Cooperation
Monday, November 9, 2009Attitude and Heading Reference Systems for the NEURON Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Demonstrator Project
Monday, January 12, 2009Sagem to Develop Future Datalink for French Unmanned Aircraft
Monday, July 7, 2008Dassault Aviation AVE-D UCAV Demonstrator Completes First Autonomous Flight
Tuesday, April 10, 2007nEUROn Begins Wind Tunnel Tests Campaign

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