France, Britain agree to invest 2 billion euros in drone prototype project

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    France and Britain have agreed to invest 2 billion euros in a project to build a next-generation multi-role drone with a view to making it operational after 2030, the two countries said in a statement on Thursday.

    "This program ... will be based on a multi-role drone platform that could serve as a basis for future operational capacity after 2030," the statement said after a Franco-British summit. "We plan to invest 2 billion euros in this program with a technical assessment toward 2020."

    http://www.reuters.com/article/france-britian-security-drones-idUSL8N16B3PL
     
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    The Future Combat Air System project will give the UK and France the most advanced vehicle of its kind in Europe, securing high-end engineering jobs and expertise in both countries with full scale development of prototypes starting in 2017. UK companies including BAE Systems, Finmeccanica Airborne and Space Systems Division ,and Rolls Royce and Dassault Aviation, SNECMA/Safran and Thales in France are expected to benefit from the project.
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    At the summit, Mr. Fallon also secured agreement from France to look at purchasing Brimstone missiles for its next version of the Tiger Combat helicopter. And he committed the UK to providing one strategic airlift flight a month to support French forces in their operations against terrorists in Africa.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

    "Brimstone missile would be a significant option for the upgrade of their Tiger attack helicopters."

    "The sale of this British made precision weapon would deliver investment in the UK economy and help protect both our shared interests around the world."

    The 49kg, rocket-propelled Brimstone ground attack missile is currently in use in Iraq and Syria and would offer a valuable upgrade to the French arsenal. The cutting edge weapon is widely regarded as a world leader due to its unrivalled precision and ability to inflict minimal collateral damage.
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    The summit comes ahead of Exercise Griffin Strike, which will take place around the UK in the Spring. Armed forces from both sides of the Channel will train together across land, sea and air platforms as part of the development of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF).

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...es-as-unmanned-aircraft-project-moves-forward
     
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    The UAV wont see dividends for a few years at least, but Brimstone will have an immediate impact:

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    Good for hunting big game in North Africa. Technicals, fighting positions, munitions stores, the occasional tank... happy hunting France:O---:!
     
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