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  • EADS, Dassault and Finmeccanica Bury MALE hatchet (DRAFT)
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 2:51 AM on Jun 16, 2013

    Just hours before the Paris Air Show officially opens its doors for business tomorrow, EADS Cassidian, Dassault Aviation and Finmeccanica have finally buried the hatchet and announced that they are ready to cooperate on a European Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) program.

    For years EADS and Dassault have each worked on their own MALE projects, the result being that neither has gotten very far.

    In a joint statement issued on June 16, the three European companies say: “Such a joint program would support the capability needs of European armed forces while optimizing the difficult budgetary situation through pooling of research and development funding.”

    They also suggest that “critical requirements around the certification of drones, allowing their safe passage and operation in European air space, would inherently be built into the program from the onset.”

    Tags: ar99, EADS Cassidian, Dassault, Finmeccanica, MALE, UAV, PAS13

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