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France, Germany Sign MALE Cooperate Deal

Sep. 13, 2012 - 10:09AM   |  
By PIERRE TRAN   |   Comments
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PARIS — France and Germany signed up Sept. 12 to work together on a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS), while respecting commitments for Anglo-French cooperation on a future MALE drone, the French Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“In the MALE – UAS domain, France and Germany have agreed on a common set of key operational requirements for a possible European solution,” the ministry said.

“Through this agreement France and Germany are in the position to foster a cooperation for the realization of a MALE UAS. In addition, the possibility of an operational cooperation as a bridging phase will be assessed,” the ministry said.

The work with Germany would be “fully consistent” with French undertakings in the 2010 Lancaster House defense treaty with Britain, which includes cooperation on a new generation MALE UAV, the statement said.

“France and Germany have the objective to deepen the possibilities of European cooperation,” the statement said.

The French procurement head, German defense state secretary, and the respective chiefs of defense staff signed the agreement, the ministry said.

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