Dassault Aviation : Call For a European MALE Program

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Call For a European MALE Program


EADS Cassidian, Dassault Aviation andFinmeccanica Alenia Aermacchi, having a common view on the currentsituation inEurope regarding MALE drones, call for the launch of a European MALEprogram.

Such a joint program would support the capability needs of European armedforceswhile optimizing the difficult budgetary situation through pooling ofresearchand development funding.

With a new development, critical requirements around the certification ofdrones, allowing their safe passage and operation in European air space,wouldinherently be built into the program from the onset.

European sovereignty and independence in the management of information andintelligence would be guaranteed while at the same time delivering a robustsystem resilient against cyber attacks.

The program would be orientated to foster the development of hightechnologiesand contribute to sustaining key competencies and jobs within Europe.

EADS Cassidian, Dassault Aviation and Finmeccanica Alenia Aermacchi declaretheir readiness to coordinate on such a program supporting the securityneeds ofour European governments and armed forces.

Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, has a role of primary importanceinthe world's civil and defence aeronautical industry, counts a totalworkforce ofca. 11,000 people and operates in the design, development, production andintegrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers, unmannedaerial vehicles and aerostructures. In 2012 it reported revenues of EUR2.97billions, orders of EUR 3.2 billions and a backlog of EUR 8.8 billions.www.aleniaaermacchi.it, Twitter: @AleniaAermacchi.


Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defenceandsecurity solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along thewhole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combataircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidianprovidescustomers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber securitysolutionsand secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian - with around 23,000employees -achieved revenues of EUR 5.7 billion. www.cassidian.com

Dassault Aviation : With more than 8,000 military and civil aircraftdeliveredto 83 countries over the past 60 years, and having logged nearly 28 millionflight hours to date, Dassault Aviation can offer recognized know how andexperience in the design, development, sale and support of all types ofaircraft, from the Rafale fighter to the Falcon range of high end businessjets.In 2012, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of EUR 3.94 billion, witharound11,600 employees. www.dassault-aviation.com - Twitter : @Dassault_OnAir

Call For a European MALE Program:

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