BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation sign aircraft MoU

Defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems and French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate exclusively on the preparation and submission of a joint proposal to the UK and French Ministries of Defence for the design, development, production and support of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

The MoU, which will enable the two companies to establish a framework under which they may jointly pursue this long-term business opportunity, follows the UK and French governments’ agreement at the Anglo-French Summit in November 2010 to collaborate on the next-generation MALE UAS to meet the requirements of both countries.