The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and Dassault Aviation have successfully completed the flight test campaign for the Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) in Istres, France. The demonstration consisted of a series of flights along with presentation of the UCAV’s reliability and efficiency. According to Dassault’s press release, the Neuron managed to show exceptional availability and reliability during the trials.
The Neuron UCAV is a stealth combat drone developed as the final phase in Dassault Aviation’s LOGIDUC (Logique de Développement d'UCAV or "Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle development solution"). Prime contractors Alenia, Dassault and Saab have brought together their knowhow in flying experimental unmanned vehicles. It is a European program expressly designed to achieve technical parity with the United States. The other aims of the program are to: