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Taranis demonstrator tested, as first flight slips into 2013 (link con foto)


The UK has delayed the first flight of its Taranis unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator until "the first part of 2013", according to lead company BAE Systems.

Revealed in July 2010 under a project worth £140 million ($220 million), the stealthy Taranis has recently completed a series of radar cross-section (RCS) pole tests performed at BAE's Warton site in Lancashire, says Tom Fillingham, director of future combat air systems for its Military Air & Information business unit.


... e poi un possibile accordo U.K., French UAV Contracts May Be Signed at Farnborough (link con foto)

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Taranis ha volato .... ma non si sa quando né dove ....


"Parliamentary Documents Reveal Beginning Of Taranis Test Flights" .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_10_25_2013_p0-630512.xml


"Unmanned Taranis has flown, MoD reveals" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/unmanned-taranis-has-flown-mod-reveals-392177/

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Si fa luce ....


"UK ends silence on Taranis testing" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/uk-ends-silence-on-taranis-testing-395574/


"VIDEO - Taranis…Out of the Black" .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3A27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3Aaafed047-c006-4d9e-b4c0-42ce26116222


GOV.UK .... "First flight trials of Taranis aircraft" .... https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-flight-trials-of-taranis-aircraft--4



Pochi giorni prima, a Brize Norton, si era svolto un incontro tra Francia e Gran Bretagna che aveva portato, fra l'altro, ad un accordo per uno studio di fattibilità volto alla realizzazione di un futuro UCAV ....




"Dassault and BAE Systems welcome Anglo-French UCAV pact" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dassault-and-bae-systems-welcome-anglo-french-ucav-pact-395445/


Future Combat Air System.


We believe future Combat Air capabilities and the defence aerospace sectors of the UK and France will be founded on a successful Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Programme.

This is why we have agreed to launch a 2 year £120M Feasibility Phase, building on Preparation Phase studies conducted since the last Summit by 6 industry partners (Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, Thales France, Selex, Rolls Royce and Safran).

The Feasibility Phase that we have announced today will develop the concepts and technologies to provide an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle for our Armed Forces.

It will also sustain and enhance vital teams and skills within the relevant industries.

As a result, we will be ideally placed to decide by 2016 whether to collaborate on a demonstration and manufacturing phases.

To complete the package, the joint Feasibility Phase will be complemented by national work worth around £40M each.

We expect a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.


Fonte .... https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/277167/France-UK_Summit-Declaration_on_Security_and_Defence.pdf

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Su Flightglobal, c’è un’intervista a un responsabile Rolls Royce sul Taranis, e sul progetto in cui sembrano essere sfociati Taranis e nEuron, l’FCAS.


L’intervista è disponibile dietro registrazione gratuita al sito di Flightglobal: ANALYSIS: Rolls-Royce details UCAS power challenge


Alcuni highlights:


“The engine doesn’t just provide thrust through the air, but also supports the systems throughout the airframe. The flight systems and control systems are power-hungry,” he notes. “This wasn’t a typical aerospace programme about gas turbine development. Our focus was on the complex and embedded installation of the engine into the body of the airframe itself, with particular attention on the low observable exhaust system.”

Integrating the R-R/Turbomeca-developed Adour 951 within the fuselage of the stealth aircraft was a complex task. This is due to the need to ensure the engine cannot be “seen” from head-on – a key element in reducing the platform’s radar cross section. “Getting the design right is a challenge,” says Banks, who adds that such a configuration can potentially create aerodynamic issues, or lead to distorted air entering the engine.



Interessante il fatto che nell’FCAS non verranno rese pubbliche tra i due partner anglofrancesi alcune delle tecnologie più sensibili di nEUROn e Taranis.


With regard to the Anglo-French FCAS activity being led by industry partners BAE and Dassault, R-R’s Banks says only joint aspects are being pursued through an ongoing demonstration programme preparation phase, with national-only work on Taranis and Neuron remaining fully firewalled.

“We have very clear security aspect levels,” Banks says. Similarly, development activities pursued by R-R in the USA for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s ­ADVENT future engine technology project are protected from any exchange.


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