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Britain, France Set to Launch Joint UAV Program

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BAE Systems Set to Work with French on Mantis Drone (excerpt)

(Source: Daily Mail; issued February 5, 2012)

Britain and France are expected to sign a deal to develop a high-tech unmanned aircraft based on the top-secret Mantis project developed by BAE Systems in Lancashire.

The plane, capable of striking from high altitudes after travelling huge distances, will be designed by BAE and Dassault Aviation.

The French company's Rafale fighter was recently chosen by New Delhi ahead of the Typhoon made by BAE Systems and Cassidian in a contract worth $10 billion (£6.3 billion) to supply 126 jets for the Indian air force.

The long-awaited £1 billion Mantis deal is seen as being highly significant. Not only will it be the first fruits of the Franco-British Treaty on Defence Co-operation signed early last year, it also virtually confirms that manned fighter aircraft such as the Typhoon will be superseded within a few decades. (end of excerpt)

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