The aim of the nEUROn programme is to demonstrate the maturity and the effectiveness of technical solutions, but not to perform military missions.
The main technological challenges addressed during the development phase of the nEUROn were:
– the shapes of the air vehicle (aerodynamic, innovative composite structure, and internal weapon bay),
– the technologies related to low observability issues,
– the insertion of this type of aircraft within the test area,
– the high-level algorithms necessary to the development of the automated processes,
– as well as the place of the human factor within the mission loop.
The last, but certainly not the least, important technology which will be demonstrated is the capability to carry and deliver weapons from an internal bay. Today, European aircraft are designed with external loading capabilities for bombs and missiles.
The following goals were achieved during in-flight trials:
– demonstrating an air-to-ground mission, with the detection, localization and reconnaissance of ground targets in autonomous modes,
– assessing the detectability of a stealth platform facing ground or aerial threats, in terms of radar cross section and infrared signature.
It is clear that through these demonstration missions, the goals are to validate technologies around command and control of an unmanned air vehicle of a size similar to a combat aircraft, with all back-up modes insuring necessary safety and security.
The nEUROn system is network-centric capable.