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On Dec. 1, the “nEUROn”, the technology demonstrator for a European UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle), made its first flight from Dassault Aviation company’s flight test base in Istres, France. The nEUROn, a project involving France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, had rolled out on Jan. 20, 2012, after five years of design, development, and static testing.
With a length of 10 meters, 12.5 meters of wingspan and an empty weight of 5 tons, the first stealth combat drone developed in Europe has a shape that reminds that of the American X-47B. But, unlike the U.S. killer robot that the U.S. Navy is preparing to launch from aircraft carrier, the nEURONn is only a full-scale technology demonstrator (powered by a Rolls-Royce Turbomeca “Adour” engine) for an UCAV and will not be produced in series.
Originally posted by solidshot
So typical European project then that will cost the taxpayers a fortune, to achieve the same results that are already being achieved by equipment that is already in production..
It certainly has flown, the locals have seen it and didn't know what it was so they reported the sightings as UFO's thinking it was alien, haha. I suppose your speaking in the official capacity.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by scrog77
Taranis hasn't flown yet. They were supposed to fly last year, but it's been slipped and slipped again, and now they're looking at early 2013.
A fully developed Taranis air vehicle is capable of delivering weapons to a battlefield in another continent with a high level of autonomy. In July 2010, the MoD unveiled the fully-developed Taranis prototype. The first flight trials of the unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) will start in 2013.
Originally posted by scrog77
It certainly has flown, the locals have seen it and didn't know what it was so they reported the sightings as UFO's thinking it was alien, haha. I suppose your speaking in the official capacity.edit on 1-12-2012 by scrog77 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mideast
Germany made the first stealth drones.
US brought the scientists to the states and tried to continue the path.
Check the documentary called Hitlers Stealth Fighter.