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A Successful First Flight With FILUR UAV

Image of the FILUR UAV.

Sweden (SPX) Nov 22, 2005
Saab and FMV's technology demonstrator program FILUR has successfully made its first flight and the test results are now being evaluated in order to be able to optimize flight performance for future flights.

On the 10th of October the low signature demonstrator FILUR made its first flight.

"The ten minutes flight went really well, and we are now looking forward to a second flight test campaign during 2006", says Mikael Franzen, UAV program Manager at Saab.

FILUR's main objective is to show the tactical importance of stealth technology applied on aerial vehicles, to gain experience and to set a foundation for stealth requirements for future aerial systems and air-surveillance systems.

The focus with the FILUR program is on low signature, for both radar and IR-signature. "Static measurements of radar cross section (RCS) made late 2004 showed really good performance and corresponded with calculated data. In flight measurements of stealth performance will be done as a next step", says Jan Bostrom FILUR Project Manager, Saab Aerosystems.

The technology developed in FILUR will be used for future Saab UAV-systems. This could be one important feature for the next generation tactical UAV's.

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