The European MALE RPAS Programme Participating States have taken a major decision on the way ahead. After an intense period of preparation, OCCAR-EA launched the invitation to tender to the potential future prime contractor, Airbus Defence & Space GmbH on 31 October.
OCCAR-EA has placed two contracts with a consortium composed of Airbus Helicopters Tiger, Thales AVS and MBDA, on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armament agencies, DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM. They aim to de-risk the obsolescence treatment of the current Tiger helicopters, as well as the implementation of new capabilities.
The European MALE RPAS Programme Division (MRPD) has placed a contract with the German Air Navigation Service Provider – DFS Aviation Services (DAS) – on a Preliminary Safety Assessment. The objective of the safety assessment is focused to provide resilient results and figures for the integration of the European MALE RPAS in segregated and non-segregated airspaces.