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Dassault Aviation: UCAV: A world first for Dassault Aviation

UCAV: A world first for Dassault Aviation

Saint-Cloud, France, April 12, 2014. - On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation
organized a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV)
with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time
in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft. The
entire operation lasted 1 hour and 50 minutes and took the patrol out over
the Mediterranean to a range of several hundred kilometers.

According to Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation,"This
achievement clearly reflects our expertise in state-of-the-art
technologies. Our skills in both military and civil aviation mutually enrich
each other, enabling us to design exceptional airplanes suited for both the
armed forces and Falcon business jet operators."

Organizing a formation flight like this was a daunting challenge: for each
maneuver in the planned sequence, aircraft from different holding points and
with very different characteristics had to fly alongside each other in a
confined space.

An additional challenge was being able to control a pilotless aircraft flying
near four other aircraft, all manned (Rafale, Falcon 7X and two chase
aircraft for photography). Engineers had to plan ahead to take into account
the risk of interference, including aerodynamic turbulence between the
aircraft, not to mention electromagnetic interference (EMI) with
communications between the nEUROn drone and its ground control station.

About nEUROn

nEUROn is a European program for an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV)
technology demonstrator, conducted by Dassault Aviation as prime contractor
under the authority of French defense procurement agency DGA. It heralds
tomorrow's defense programs, since it federates expertise from across Europe
(France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland). The nEUROn program is
designed to validate the development of complex technologies representing all
mission systems: high-level flight control and stealth, launching real
air-to-ground weapons from an internal bay, integration in the C4I
environment, innovative industrial collaboration processes, etc. The
demonstrator made its first flight on December 1, 2012, paving the way for a
two-year test program. Since then, the nEUROn drone has carried out several
dozen test flights.

About Dassault Aviation

With over 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries over the
last 60 years, logging some 28 million hours in flight, Dassault Aviation has
built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and
support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter to the
high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. Dassault
Aviation posted sales of 4.59 billion euros in 2013, and has nearly 11,600

Follow us on Twitter: @Dassault_OnAir

Press Contacts:

Corporate Communication

Stéphane Fort
Tél : +33 (0)1 47 11 86 90

Mathieu Durand

Tél : +33 (0)1 47 11 85 88

Military Communication
Nathalie Bakhos

Tél : +33 (0)1 47 11 65 11

Falcon Communication
Vadim Feldzer

Tél : +33 (0)1 47 11 44 13
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UCAV: A world first for Dassault Aviation


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Source: Dassault Aviation via Globenewswire


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