(25 Feb 2022)
The Organisation for Joint Armament
Co-operation (OCCAR) has signed the Eurodrone global contract,
which includes the development and manufacturing of 20 systems and
5 years of initial in-service support.
Defence and Space GmbH signed the deal in representation of the three Major
Sub-Contractors (MSC) Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U in Spain,
Dassault Aviation in France and Leonardo S.p.A. in Italy, while
OCCAR signed on behalf of the four launch nations: Germany,
France, Italy and Spain.
“This signature kicks-off the development of one
of the most ambitious European defence programmes,” said Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
“Eurodrone is the result of collaborative work between the
industry, OCCAR and the nations. It will deliver the most advance
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in its segment, generate more than
7,000 high-tech jobs within the industry and will strengthen
European industrial sovereignty, know-how and collaboration
The MALE Eurodrone RPAS is designed for ISTAR and homeland security missions.
Eurodrone is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance
(MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) with versatile and
adaptable capabilities designed for
Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance
(ISTAR) missions or homeland security operations.
architecture, part of the future-proof design, will allow for growth
and rescoping system capabilities as may be required by the future
needs of customer armed forces.
“This contract marks the determination of the
European nations and industrial partners to achieve the political
goals and to meet the technological challenges leading to European
defense sovereignty,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
“Innovative programmes with strong key
technological foundations will guarantee the strategic autonomy of
Europe by offering new alternatives to the on-the-shelf
acquisition of non-European products. Thanks to a shared vision
and a pragmatic approach, Eurodrone is carried by the choice of
best in-house competencies and expertise of each company.”
Eurodrone relies on Digital Design, Manufacturing
and Services (DDMS), a new, digital-first approach applied by
Airbus to the way aerospace products are designed, manufactured
and operated throughout all product phases. Eurodrone is the first
programme that will be fully designed and developed from the start
through DDMS in a stepped approach and aims to benefit from better
upgrade planning, improved operational availability and lower
“Eurodrone will provide high
performance and sovereign operational systems to the armed forces
and represents a key constituent of the European Defence Industry
as well as a unique opportunity to showcase our high technological
expertise and capabilities stemming from decades of European
collaboration on military programmes,” said Lucio Valerio Cioffi, General
Manager of Leonardo. “Eurodrone will contribute to sustaining key
competencies and jobs within Europe, providing armed forces with
top performance and independent operational systems for years to