Historic Agreement in the European Defence Aeronautics Industry
Historic Agreement in the
European Defence Aeronautics Industry
Mrs. Michele Alliot-Marie, the
French Minister of Defence, spoke at the opening of the Eurosatory air show and
expressed her pleasure with the major agreement signed between EADS, the
European company which is the world leader in civil and military aeronautics,
Dassault Aviation, the world's largest supplier in business and military
aviation, and Thales, European leader in defense electronics.
Dassault Aviation. Paris, June 14, 2004.
Philippe Camus (EADS), Denis Ranque (Thales),
Grégoire Olivier (Sagem), Bruno Cotte (Dassault Aviation). EADS © Photo
This founding agreement, in the
framework of the demonstrators launched by the Ministry of Defence, covers all
future activity in combat and strategic reconnaissance aeronautics.
Dassault Aviation was made prime
contractor for the demonstrator of the unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV), as
announced at the last Le Bourget air show. EADS will be a partner in the
research and development of this technological demonstrator, to which SAAB
(Sweden) and HAI (Greece) are already associated.
EADS has been chosen as prime
contractor for the Euromale demonstrator project, and will be a partner with
Thales which will handle jointly with EADS the development of the ground segment
and related systems.
The development of the flight
segment and its system architecture is entrusted to Dassault Aviation and the
manufacturing will be handled by teams from Dassault Aviation, EADS and Thales.
Close contacts have been made with
other European industrial firms, including SAAB (Sweden) in particular.
Thus, all these cooperation
agreements, which cover the essential reconnaissance and combat aviation
segments, will make it possible to develop a powerful European industrial
network in sensitive and strategic areas of the military aeronautics of the
: Dassault Aviation has announced that its UCAV will henceforth be called
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