This week, Italy, France, and Germany announced they would conduct a two-year assessment to develop the foundation for a European drone program, with the goal of getting a European drone in the skies by 2025. The three previously proposed an agreement in 2013 to build unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in hopes of scaling back dependence on technology from Israel and the US, which lead the world in military drone manufacturing.
By Kari Paul|MOTHERBOARD
„It’s a very important step for European cooperation, a critical cooperation which we must have at our disposal in many theaters of operation,“ French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said of the project, according to Reuters.
The countries will decide to start manufacturing the drone at the end of the two-year period based on what needs are addressed during the assessment. The new venture will be worth a billion euros if it succeeds, according to Red Herring, and is reportedly being carried out in collaboration between European aerospace companies Airbus, Alenia Aermacchi and Dassault Aviation.