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France to Develop MALE UAV with Germany, Not UK

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Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence

(Source: French Ministry of Defence; issued Sept. 12, 2012)

(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

Following meetings on June 22 between Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizière, and in accordance with the declaration of intent of 14 June 2012, France and Germany intend to strengthen their cooperation in various sectors of armaments.

In the field of MALE drones, the two nations have agreed on a common set of key operational needs for a possible European solution.

Through this agreement, France and Germany are able to promote cooperation for the realization of a MALE UAV. The two nations will also evaluate the possibility of operational cooperation as an intermediate step.

France and Germany will seek to harmonize the structures and processes necessary to enable the two countries to begin this project. France will ensure that this work is fully consistent with the commitments made between France and the United Kingdom in the context of the Treaty of Lancaster House.

France and Germany aim to deepen European cooperation opportunities. A declaration was signed today by Secretary of State Beemelmans German, the Delegate General for Armaments Collet-Billon, and the Chiefs of Defence Staffs, Admiral Guillaud and General Wieker.