Under no small translucent dome and heavily guarded worth unusual type aircraft Agency reported June 19 Bi-bi-si. Faceless triangular aircraft, exhibited for the first time on display to the public, hidden from curious looks annoying guests because manufacturers do not want, that they considered it very carefully.
This drone with enough awkward title nEUROn combat aircraft may be coming.
Exhibition guests watched with admiration flight Rafale fighters and Su-35, paying tribute to the courage and skill of the pilots. Since the time of World War II, when aces such as «The Red Baron» Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the famous German pilot during World War II, shot down 61 enemy aircraft — approx. «VP») patrolled the skies, fighter pilots have always occupied special place in the human imagination. But this status may be under threat, as the next generation of combat aircraft can do without a pilot.
But drones are in service are very vulnerable when enter the protected strong air defense system of the enemy air space. One solution is to create a combat unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter and capable of flying great distances with high speed. They can strike at the enemy and to protect themselves from enemy air defenses. Several experimental «superdronov» already built, among them Northrop Grumman X-47 and BAE Systems Taranis. They were joined nEUROn, made European consortium led by the French company Dassault (the number of participants in the project include defense companies from Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). Layout UAV completed the first flight at the end of last year.
The device is similar to the South American unobtrusive fighter-bomber Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk, and this is not the case — «Neuron» is designed using stealth technology. «This is a great plane! This fighter with bomb bay,» says CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trapp (Eric Trappier). UAV has already performed tests on stealth, but in full combat configuration, it is unlikely to be ready before the end of the decade.
Trapp believes it is necessary to realize very true role of manned and unmanned aircraft in future conflicts. «In some areas you may need to perform a huge number of unsafe missions, where the introduction of unmanned vehicles can be very helpful. For example, for the destruction of enemy missiles or point of reference EW. This need may appear in the» first day of the war «when the threat to manned aircraft is large, and the use of combat drones may be a good solution,» he says.
Does this mean that one day a beautiful drone-controlled computer, will work better than a fighter, piloted by a man? «Yes, in certain types of transactions they can do better. In certain desirable to have a pilot in the cockpit. This is a kind of compromise between UAVs and manned fighters,» says Trapp.
In the near future the public often resents the use of drones in local conflicts. There is also a fear that UAV operators are very far away from the conflict zone, and they can not fully think about the seriousness of their decisions. But, according to Trapp, the question is not whether to use or not to use drones, and how they should act. «This is a question for those who run the drone, you should know what you’re doing,» he says. Trapp also believes that the discussion of UAVs that unfolded in the United States, more reduced to clarify the question, who is responsible for their application — the CIA, the Pentagon or the armed forces. «You have to control the UAV would run as an airplane sitting in his cab,» he said. Naturally, it’s fine, but how it will work in practice? Taking into account the amount of funds allocated for the creation of drones, we can imagine that we will get an answer in a couple of years.