Airbus announced the working schedule of the Eurodrone MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platform, developed with the participation of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.
Eurodrone will make its first flight in 2025, according to a statement at today’s press conference. For the delivery of the platforms, 2028 was marked.
Airbus announced that Eurodrone’s final assembly line will be installed in Manching, Germany, and the platform body will be produced in Spain. Under the contract signed for the platform, Germany will receive seven drones, Italy five, Spain and France four.
In 2015, European countries set a budget of €7.1 billion for the project, which the United States announced as a counterpart to the Reaper UAV.
Disputes over the cost of the air platform had delayed the formal launch of development and production.
Eurodrone is planned to be operated worldwide to support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Detection and Reconnaissance) missions.