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European aircraft manufacturers decided to create a new drone

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European aircraft manufacturers decided to create a new droneThe three largest aircraft manufacturing companies in Europe - the EADS concern, the French Dassault Aviation and the Italian Finmeccanica decided to start building reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), their representatives said on Sunday.


The project will be implemented within the framework of the European MALE program and involves the creation of UAVs capable of flying at medium altitudes for a long time, ITAR-TASS reports.

“This will help meet the needs of the European Armed Forces, and at the same time will contribute to resolving the difficult budget situation by combining research and appropriations,” the aircraft manufacturers say in a joint communiqué. In this way, in their opinion, “European sovereignty and independence in the field of information and intelligence will be ensured, and a reliable system will be created that can withstand cyber attacks”.

As noted by Agence France-Presse, "perennial rivals have teamed up to catch up with American and Israeli competitors." Such machines, "as the Afghan campaign and the events in Mali showed, became an essential element of modern warfare."

Earlier this week, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian of France announced the purchase of American Reaper drones for the country's armed forces. At the same time, he expressed regret that "European manufacturers have so far failed to establish cooperation in this field."

In May, the German Defense Ministry announced the termination of a large-scale program to create a Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft. As one of the main reasons for such a move, the difficulties associated with obtaining permits for flying the world's largest UAV in the airspace of European countries are cited.

Euro Hawk is a European version of the American drone Global Hawk, produced by concern Northropp Grumann. It was supposed to equip reconnaissance equipment developed by the European concern EADS.
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  1. experienced
    experienced 17 June 2013 10: 32
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    Recently it was infa that Germany refused to create its own UAV, on which a lot of money had already been spent due to some kind of agreement on admission. And then new "creators". It seems to me that the need for UAV data is piecemeal and why reinvent the wheel? They are part of the same military bloc, another thing is Russia, we need our own "without tabs" and tricks
    1. alex67
      alex67 17 June 2013 10: 48
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      2 TYPES AFTER FAILURES OF UAV OWN
      DEVELOPMENT (DEFENS INTERNATIONAL) winked
    2. Simple
      Simple 17 June 2013 11: 06
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      Good day to all.
      Euro Hawk is not Germany's own development.
      One of the reasons for refusing to purchase further Euro Hawk is the US reluctance to provide full information on it.
      Secondly, Doge operating in the airspace of Hegmania, Euro Hawk is able to collect information from almost all corners of Europe, to which not every state will react calmly.
      Therefore, they agreed on the creation of a joint UAV (within the framework of the European MALE program), capable of flying for a long time at medium, and not at high altitudes.
  2. orff
    orff 17 June 2013 10: 34
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    everything is logical: 1,2 billion euros brought EADS into the project with the Germans, there is documentation, there is a flying sample.
    the Germans refused, so you need to find those who agree to continue what they started, and for a smaller amount.
    Imagine if amerikosy after all investments closed the project F35.
  3. Vtel
    Vtel 17 June 2013 10: 41
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    “This will ensure the needs of the European armed forces, and at the same time will contribute to resolving the difficult budget situation by combining research and appropriations,” the aircraft manufacturers say in a joint communiqué.

    In a united Europe, no one wants to push their money so that others can use it later. So they decided to chip in a drone. Although they are all the same NATO.
  4. uhu189
    uhu189 17 June 2013 11: 09
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    It may make sense to say that the Germans officially declared that they had abandoned the development, but whether they had actually refused them was unknown. Maybe they just changed the sign - they entered France and Italy into this business, and the work went on and on.
  5. cartridge
    cartridge 17 June 2013 14: 22
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    This will provide for the needs of the European armed forces, and at the same time will contribute to resolving a difficult budget situation by combining research and appropriations


    Europeans are joining forces of their aircraft manufacturers in creating new projects, while Ukraine and I cannot even begin long ago, as is the case with the An-70. It's a shame!
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