Delivery of France's first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance - ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now expected by the end of the year.
After three years of development contracted to Thales and Sabena Technics the first ALSR is finishing its manufacturers' acceptance phase, one year behind the schedule originally set by France's 2014-19 military programming law. Acceptance flights with the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), France's defence procurement agency, will take place in the coming months, with delivery to the French Air Force at the end of the year.
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