Benoit Dussaugey, Dassault Aviation’s Senior Executive Vice President, International, outlines the technical, political and economical aspects of the nEUROn, FCAS and MALE RPAS programs.
During all the test campaigns, the nEUROn combat drone was operated by Dassault Aviation teams. The availability and reliability of the aircraft and associated equipment were outstanding.
All the expected results were achieved. Data and lessons learned relating to stealth will constitute a reference for future aircraft projects.
This success demonstrates the competences of Dassault Aviation in strategic technologies and in prime contractorship, as well as its capacity to lead European cooperative programs.
Future Combat Air System
The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program, unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) is the ideal synthesis between:
- Sovereign, preserved and developed national interests,
- An efficient and structured industrial strategy for the future,
- A capability to assess future operational needs,
- Advanced technical-operational demonstrations,
- Necessary budgetary optimizations.
Coordinated by Dassault Aviation, Airbus Defense & Space and Finmeccanica, the MALE RPAS will be a new generation remotely piloted air system for armed Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. Air traffic integration and certification for European densely populated environment are part of the key distinctive objectives of the programme.
The French, German and Italian governments have launched the definition phase for a project that meets the needs of the three countries.