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European MALE RPAS passes further developmental milestone

15 February 2018

The multinational European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) has passed its System Requirements Review (SRR), the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) announced on 14 February.

With its twin-turboprop configuration, the Piaggio P.1HH HammerHead might in some way be leveraged for the European MALE RPAS project. (Piaggio Aerospace)With its twin-turboprop configuration, the Piaggio P.1HH HammerHead might in some way be leveraged for the European MALE RPAS project. (Piaggio Aerospace)

The milestone, which took place in January, initiates the second phase of the definition study, which will lead to a consolidated preliminary design.

In August 2017 Airbus Defence and Space (Germany and Spain), Dassault (France), and Leonardo (Italy) decided on a twin-turboprop configuration for the new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), ahead of further studies under the SRR phase of the programme. The current review into this design configuration ensures that the operational requirements of the air forces of the partner nations are all properly met.

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