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Adour Engines For nEUTOn UCAV Demonstrator Program

Illustration of a nEUROn UCAV. Copyright: Dassault Aviation.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Oct 13, 2006
Dassault Aviation, the main contractor of the nEUROn European UCAV demonstrator program, has ordered two Adour Mk 951, and associate support, from Rolls Royce and Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group), through their joint venture RRTM. The choice of this engine has been made in accordance with the stated principle of using proven off-the-shelf equipment whenever possible in the nEUROn.

The first Adour Mk 951 will be delivered mid 2008 for the ground testing. The second engine (spare engine) is scheduled to be delivered at the end 2010 for the flight tests program.

The first flight of the demonstrator prototype is scheduled for 2011.

The Adour Mk 951 is the latest variant of the non-reheated engine that has already been selected by the UK, South Africa and Bahrain to power the latest BAE SYSTEMS Hawk aircraft. This engine gives operators increased thrust and performance, as well as extended life with reduced life cycle costs. It also incorporates a high-performance Electronic Engine Control Unit (EECU).

The Adour engine family is operated by over 20 military forces and has accumulated over seven million flying hours to date world-wide. The above elements were a major factor in its selection in a project which is at the forefront of the development of UCAV advanced technology.

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