The British and French governments have agreed to a massive contract to develop an Anglo-French unmanned combat air system. The two-year contract, worth 120 million British pounds (US $191 million), aims for an operational UCAS by the 2030s, according to a UK Ministry of Defense announcement.
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Six European companies will collaborate on the project: BAE, Dassault, Thales France, Selex ES, Rolls-Royce and Safran. The goal is to deliver two different national designs, which will then lead to a joint Anglo-French UCAS capable of strike and ISR missions. The project will begin with a joint feasibility phase that will determine the direction of future work.
”The development of unmanned combat air systems is of vital importance to the UK and France, which have the most capable and experienced armed forces in Europe and well-established defense industrial bases,” said Bernard Gray, Chief of Defense Materiel for the UK Ministry of Defense.