AB has delivered to Dassault the front and central fuselage sections of the European technology demonstrator . the Prime contractor for the nEROn. As subassemblies and parts of the unmanned aircraft are arriving at , program is entering the critical phase of assembly and integration of the final air vehicle.
The rear fuselage section has already been delivered in mid-January by Greece’s Hellenic Aerospace Industries (). The fuselage section is due to arrive from in February. ‘Stealth’-related parts manufactured by Dassault Aviation in will be delivered in several shipments until March. Other structural elements expected here include the ordnance release pantograph built by in , due to arrive by the end of February; to follow by the two half wings sent from in by - early March. is building the two weapon bay doors in due to arrive from in March. will also deliver the three landing gear doors in April.
According to Prime contractor Dassault, the team has already drawn substantial lessons from the program, including in the field of program management and schedule optimization. The Dassault team, assisted by the teams delegated toby the various industrial partners, will perform the final layout, piping, electrical wiring and equipment fitting, as defined in the digital mock-up reference established by the six partners on the virtual plateau, as well as the final assembly. Then, during the last quarter of 2011, the Dassault Aviation team will perform the ground tests of the nEUROn, followed by the first engine run-up by end 2011, aiming at a maiden flight in mid-2012.