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| 8 December 2022, Thursday |

Europe launches Airbus-led military drone programme

Airbus said on Thursday that a European weapons procurement agency representing France, Germany, Spain, and Italy had inked a long-awaited deal with the company for the development of a new European military drone.

The contract with the procurement agency OCCAR calls for the development and production of 20 Medium Altitude, Long Endurance systems, as well as 5 years of initial in-service maintenance.

Eurodrone will create over 7,000 high-tech employment and boost European industrial sovereignty, according to Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defense and Space, in a statement following a signing that coincided with the onset of hostilities in Ukraine following protracted delays in talks.

Airbus represents Germany and Spain, with Dassault Aviation involved for France and Leonardo for Italy.

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  • Reuters