As reported by the French edition Air&Cosmos, in accordance with the previously announced terms, on July 6, 2016, the unmanned aircraft demonstrator, Dassault nEUROn performed several test flights jointly with the French aircraft carrier R91 Charles de Gaulle. The demonstrator nEUROn for an hour performed several flights over the carrier at a height of 400 m.
These flights were specifically organized by the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) of the Ministry of Defense to study the possibilities of using UAVs at sea. The nEUROn is not designed for taking off and landing from a deck, unlike the US UAV X-47B.
These tests will allow еvaluating of the level of visibility of Neuron UAV on the radars on the ships of the French Navy.
According to a statement of the DGA, the program for flights of Neuron doesn’t plan any more tests with Charles de Gaulle.
Dassault nEUROn is an experimental unmanned aircraft developed under international cooperation by the French company Dassault Aviation with the participation of Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Designed for action in areas with increased danger. Comparable with the projects of BAE Systems Taranis, the US Boeing X-45 and Northrop Grumman X-47B, Indian DRDO AURA and Russian MiG Skat. Its first flight took place on December 1, 2012.