Combat drone flies in tandem with fighter and business jet - Completes first formation flight

04/22/2014 - 00:00

By David Szondy -

Dassault Aviationannounced that last month it came a step closer to making science fiction reality when it conducted a formation flight of thenEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. The flight off the coast of the south of France took place on March 20, and for almost two hours the nEUROn kept station with the other planes as they flew over the several hundred kilometers out over the Mediterranean. According to Dassault, this was the first time an unmanned combat aircraft achieved formation flight.