Cassidian and Alenia Aeronautica sign UAV MoU
Cassidian and Alenia Aeronautica have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly investigate potential cooperation in the field of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).
The agreement will see the two companies strengthen their technological know-how in order to establish a leading role in the UAS market. It will see both companies analyse requirements expressed by each of their respective Governments in the UAS sector with the objective to create a strategic partnership and to expand their global UAS market share.
The partnership will help both Alenia and Cassidian expand and strengthen their UAV capabilities to design, build, integrate and support a complex system for the global market, both civil and military.
Collaboration between companies in the UAV sector is growing in popularity in Europe, particularly for the development of advanced next-generation UAVs, such as the Talarion Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) programme. The Talarion programme aims to fulfil the requirements initially placed by France, Germany and Spain for future unmanned long endurance surveillance and reconnaissance missions. First flight of the prototype is scheduled for 2015 with first series deliveries starting in 2018.
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