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France conducts low visibility tests of Neuron UCAV demonstrator

08 January 2019
The Neuron UCAV demonstrator began its fourth low visibility flight testing campaign in November 2018. Source: DGA

The Neuron unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator began its fourth low observability test campaign in November, the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 4 January. The DGA said it is conducting the campaign along with Dassault Aviation from the agency's flight testing facility at Istres airbase against various operational detection equipment.

The fourth low observability campaign aims to study the employment of aircraft like Neuron against airborne sensors, ground radars, and shipborne systems. The DGA said the campaign will enable it to evaluate ongoing developments in detection equipment. It will also enable armed forces to evaluate their capability to detect stealthy unmanned aerial vehicles representing future threats, the agency added.

On 17 December, a detachment from the Centro Logístico de Armamento y Experimentación (CLAEX), Spain's Armaments and Experimentation Logistics Centre, with two Eurofighter Typhoons from the Spanish Air Force's 11 Wing in Morón, confronted Neuron. CLAEX said on its website on 28 December that this allowed the evaluation of the Neuron's detectability by Eurofighter sensors such as the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) and IRIS-T missile.

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