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Europe launches Airbus-led military drone programme

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By Reuters

PARIS – A European arms procurement agency representing France, Germany, Spain and Italy signed a long-awaited contract with Airbus for the development of a new European military drone, Airbus said on Thursday.

The contract with procurement agency OCCAR includes the development and manufacturing of 20 Medium Altitude, Long Endurance systems and 5 years of initial in-service support.

Eurodrone will generate more than 7,000 high-tech jobs and strengthen European industrial sovereignty, Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said in a statement following a signing that coincided with the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine after lengthy delays in negotiations.

Airbus represents Germany and Spain, with Dassault Aviation involved for France and Leonardo for Italy.