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Italy, France and Germany sign EU drone project

The new vehicle will be designed to serve both civilian requirements and military purposes

Italy, France and Germany sign EU drone project

Claudia Astarita

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Germany, France and Italy have agreed to start a brand new European drone program. The project had ended a long discussion about the opportunity and feasibility to develop a EU-tailored drone that started in 2013.

The European drone, to be developed by Airbus, France-based Dassault and Italian Alenia Aermacchi, is expected to be operative by 2025, and it represent a significant contribution to reduce European reliance on American and Israeli technology. The new vehicle will be designed to serve both civilian requirements like border control, fire-fighting and disaster monitoring, and military purposes.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described the agreement as a very step for European cooperation; the German representative stressed that it will increase European independence; while the Italian one said the new drone will improve European defence capabilities. So far, Poland and Spain have already expressed their interest in joining the plan.

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