The MALE program (European UAV) is deadlocked by Spain
In an interview published this Friday by the digital economic information medium La Tribune, Parly considers that the contract for the MALE program could be notified “between now and summer” but “Spain has to commit to financing.”
He adds that “this financing capacity depends on the deadlines for ratification of the recovery plans, and therefore on the speed with which the European funds from the recovery plan will reach Spain.”
Spain is expected to be, in absolute terms, the second most benefited country from these plans, money that should be devoted above all to reconstruction and innovative projects to prepare for the future.
In May 2015, France, Germany, Italy and Spain decided to study a program of medium-altitude and long-range observation and exploration (MALE) aircraft to limit their strategic dependence on US military technology in this area. .
Parly explained that the four partners agree on the objective of its launch for the summer “but each country has its own decision processes” and it is up to them “to validate the contracts before notifying them to the industrialists.”
A reference to the companies, in particular the European Airbus group, but also the Italian Leonardo and the French Dassault Aviation, which have been involved in the studies carried out so far and which should be in charge of the development of these drones.
The agreement between the four countries provides for a total order of 63 of these devices (21 Germany, 15 Italy, 15 Spain and 12 France) with an estimated cost of about 7,100 million euros.