The contract for the definition study of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme, assigned to Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been launched at a kick-off meeting chaired by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).
The two-year definition study starts from September 2016. It will be jointly executed by Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo-Finmeccanica ircraft Division with an equal work allocation. The three companies are co-contractors to perform the definition study.
Following the study, the start of the development phase is planned for 2018, with a prototype first flight in early 2023 and a first delivery of the system in the 2025 timeframe.
MALE RPAS will be a new generation remotely piloted air system for armed Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions with France, Germany, Italy and Spain as the programme participating States.
“This cooperative programme will contribute to European Industry leadership and autonomy in the strategic field of surveillance drones and will provide Armed Forces with high performance and sovereign operational systems” emphasized Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Previously known as MALE 2020 Project, the European MALE RPAS Project foresees the development of a European Unmanned Aerial System for long-range missions at medium flight altitudes.
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The Indian MoD has issued a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for use by three defence services. The procurement will be under the make-in-Indian initiative from Indian companies
Curtiss-Wright has won a contract from Sierra Nevada (SNC) to supply its small form factor rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Tactical Mission Computer technology for use in the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) ANKA Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Air System (UAS). Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright provides SNC with its Parvus DuraCOR(r) small form factor mission computer, which provides processing capabilities for the ANKA aircraft's Automatic Take Off and Landing System (ATOLS), the company announced Monday
France, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement to confirm their support for the implementation of MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone by 2025. The joint proposal was issued by the defense ministers of the three nations, French Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Ursula Von Der Leyen and Italian Roberta Pinotti and has officially announced to jointly conduct a developmental phase study of the drone
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Four European firms – Elettronica, Hensoldt, Indra and Thales have signed a memorandum of agreement to provide MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) program with a future-proof ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) function. The companies have agreed in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, confirming their common goal to offer a coherent ISTAR functional chain for the MALE RPAS comprising all elements from sensors and computing through data processing and communications
A twin prop engine configuration has been selected for the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) as the basis for further trade-off studies until the upcoming Systems Requirements Review (SRR). Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo have provided a substantial set of data that allowed the participating nations including France, Germany, Italy and Spain to agree on the basic remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) configuration and several main design drivers for the system, after an intensive 10 months trade-off period
Indonesia has started developing a large medium altitude long endurance (MALE) military drone which it plans to test in 2019. A consortium consisting of aircraft maker PT Dirgantara, Indonesian Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), state-owned electronic firm PT LEN, the Ministry of Defense and Security and the Bandung-based Institute of Technology is preparing to conduct a flight test for its larger Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone in 2019
Over 250 units of Leonardo Finmeccanica's Man-portable Laser Target Designator (LTD) have been procured over the last two years, following a surge in orders for the product. 10 customers in the US and Europe have now procured the high-energy, man-portable laser systems, the company announced today
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