The European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions.

The first step of the Programme is a 25-month Definition Study to define the baseline specifications/design for the future MALE RPAS. The design-to-cost activity will provide the basis for full development, affordable to the Participating States, and optimising operational performance. The two major milestones of the Definition Study are a System Requirement Review (SRR) and a Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The PDR will demonstrate the quality and fitness for purpose of the proposed design. Especially, “Air Traffic Integration” certification of the MALE RPAS is a key objective of the Programme. This will give the Participating States full confidence that the Development step can be launched with acceptable residual risks.
Preparation for the potential next steps (Development and Production Stages) will be part of the activities during the second year of the Definition Study.

In August 2016, the MALE RPAS Programme was integrated into OCCAR and the Definition Study contract was signed on 26 August 2016.

MALE RPAS Participating States

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For further information about the MALE RPAS Programme, please contact the Programme Division.

OCCAR-EA MALE RPAS Programme Division
Tel: +49 (0)811 998 8668 201

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Arturo Alfonso-Meiriño,
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