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.
The twin engine configuration will further add redundancy to the aircraft, as the current widely flown US made General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper RPAS has crashed several times due to engine problems, Aviationanalysiswing reported Monday.
The European MALE RPAS will be a new generation remotely piloted air system for armed Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. Air traffic integration and certification for European densely populated environment are part of the key distinctive objectives of the program.
A two-year definition study was launched from September 2016, jointly executed by Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo-Finmeccanica Aircraft Division with equal work allocation.
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.
Currently France and Italy operates the MQ-9 Reaper while Spain has awarded a contract for the type in January 2017.
Germany has been operating Surveillance version of Israeli IAI Heron drones in Afghanistan under a contract with Airbus.
A deal to operate armed version of Heron on lease has been delayed following blocking by German Parliament.
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
Avionics Services has launched its Medium Altitude Low Endurance (MALE) UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) class 4 Caçador. The launch held on June 30, 2016 included a retrospective of the project, the systems capacity and information about its strong potential for usage in intelligence tactical missions by the Armed Forces, civilian defense, environmental defense, and agribusiness, the company said in a statement Tuesday
The US Army has approved its first female officers for ground combat missions following new rules that allow all military combat positions to women. 22 women will be able to enter the armor branch or infantry branch after completing the remaining training in specialty schools
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
Leonardo announced successfull completion of the first flight campaign to demonstrate satellite control of a European-built MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) drone. A team comprising Telespazio and Piaggio Aerospace carried out the activity using a remotely-piloted P
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
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