France warns against the new European drone should be competitive in price

The President of france, Emmanuel Macron, listen to Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, in addition to Olivier Dassault and the French Defence Minister Florence Parly, during a visit to the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris, France, on the 17th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/swimming Pool

PARIS (Reuters) – the next-generation drone is being developed by several European countries, competitive price and the project of European unity and strength in an increasingly uncertain world is to be blunt, the French defence minister warned on Monday.

France and Germany have been at the forefront of the development of a new manned fighter aircraft to be replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Aviation’s Rafale fighter jet, as well as a range of its weaponry, including drones.

“I just wish that the companies in the programme will be carried out only if the drone is that they are proposing, it is to be competitive,” the Minister of Defence of Florence Parly, said in a speech at the Paris air show.

“This is not a problem, not only for the buyers of all of the running in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, but also to future export customers.”

Airbus, Dassault Aviation, and Leonardo, on April, 2018, revealed the first full-scale model of the planned Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) drone in the Berlin air show.

The drone, with its two turboprop engines, which are scheduled to be in service to others in the middle of the next decade, and will focus primarily on the monitoring, although a gun is an option.

France’s Thales, Italy’s Elettronica, Germany, Hensoldt, and Spain, Indra said, she would have to team up to provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) functions for the drone.

Reporting by Sophie Louet; writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Irish

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