There is a consensus emerging in France that Europe needs to build its own unmanned aircraft wherewithal to catch up with the U.S. and Israel. But companies remain divided over the path to achieving that goal. Europe is about 15-20 years behind its rivals in UAV efforts in part due to much lower spending levels; the U.S. spends about five times more than Europe on unmanned aircraft, argue EADS officials. Europe needs to work cooperatively to bridge that gap, says Bernhard Gerwert, chief ...


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