Cassidian and Alenia Aeronautica to investigate UAS cooperation
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Cassidian on behalf of EADS Deutschland GmbH and Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. to jointly investigate the potential cooperation in the field of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).
Bernhard Gerwert, Chief Operating Officer of Cassidian, said: "We look forward to investigate further collaboration with Alenia Aeronautica around a next generation MALE UAS, like for instance, the Talarion which is of outmost importance for Europe's military aviation industry. It will fulfill government security missions and commercial applications which cannot be implemented with current solutions and their derivatives."
Talarion is the European programme for a next-generation Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to fulfil the requirements initially placed by France, Germany and Spain for future unmanned long endurance surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
First flight of the prototype is scheduled for 2015 with first series deliveries starting in 2018.