Countries sign off on Airbus military drone program — Analysis

The deal will help “meet the technological challenges” in creating European defense sovereignty

Airbus signed an agreement with the European Arms Procurement Agency representing France, Germany and Italy for the development of a military drone.

The aerospace giant announced the deal with the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on Thursday to develop the ‘Eurodrone’.

OCCAR and the manufacturer will work together to create 20 systems as well as provide five-years of first in-service. This is part of what OCCAR calls its new “City Plan.” “one of the most ambitious European defense programs.”

Airbus and representatives of three subcontractors signed it, Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation, France and Leonardo, Italy.

Airbus describes the Eurodrone as “a” “Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System,”It will be able to perform intelligence operations as well as homeland security missions, and it will also have adaptable and flexible capabilities.

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It stated that it was working to design a device that could be integrated in civil airspace. The goal is to maximize efficiency and reduce fuel use.

“Eurodrone will contribute to sustaining key competencies and jobs within Europe, providing armed forces with top performance and independent operational systems for years to come,”Lucio Valerio Cioffi is the general manager at Leonardo.

Airbus said the development of the drone would create more than 7,000 high-tech jobs and would deliver the OCCAR’s “most advanced Unmanned Aerial System”To “meet the technological challenges leading to European defense sovereignty.”

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