Twenty-five navies, eight NATO entities and more than thirty companies and universities are currently involved in Robotic Experimentation Prototyping Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems Exercise 2023 (REPMUS 23), held off the coast of Portugal until 29 September.
Airbus and Hauts-de-France target air deliveries
On 17 June, Airbus signed a framework partnership agreement with the Hauts-de-France region to assess the economic development potential of UAS deliveries on a regional scale.
This feasibility study is being carried out by Hauts-de-France Innovation Development and Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary, Survey Copter. The Hauts-de-France region aims to become the logistics hub of Europe, and so the authorities have been supporting the concept of an ‘e-valley’ park, which will act as a logistics park for new e-commerce services, on the site of a former Cambrai airbase.
The study involves stakeholders from the region’s economic and academic system of logistics and retail activities, and will take place over six months. It will identify the needs of local operators as well as the concepts and solutions necessary to meet them, whilst keeping in mind current and potential future regulations regarding UAVs and their use.
Following several years of research and development into UAVs, this agreement grants Airbus the opportunity to boost its presence in the unmanned market, specifically for industrial use.
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