In June 1946, the Service Technique Aeronautique issued a preliminary requirement for a shipboard fighter armed with three 20mm or 30mm cannon and capable of carrying two 500kg bombs or eight 90mm rockets. Responding to this requirement, the SNCA du Nord tendered the Nord 2200, in competition with the Aerocentre NC 1080 and the Arsenal VG 90.
Designed under the direction of Ingenieur Pillon and built by the SNCA du Centre (Aerocentre), the NC 1080 was powered by a 2268kg Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet, featured 22 deg 30 min wing sweepback at quarter-chord and was intended to mount an armament of three 30mm cannon.
The prototype was flown on 29 July 1949, and modifications were immediately found necessary to the spoilers and tail surfaces. The Aerocentre had meanwhile been dispersed, but testing of the NC 1080 continued at Bretigny and Villaroche, servo controls being fitted in February-March 1950, and the aircraft being destroyed in an accident (the cause of which was never ascertained) on 10 April. No further development was undertaken.
Max take-off weight: 7700 kg / 16976 lb
Empty weight: 5141 kg / 11334 lb
Wingspan: 12.00 m / 39 ft 4 in
Length: 12.87 m / 42 ft 3 in
Height: 4.70 m / 15 ft 5 in
Wing area: 28.40 sq.m / 305.69 sq ft
Max. speed: 978 km/h / 608 mph
Range: 1550 km / 963 miles