With tightening defense budgets and no concrete plan to develop a pan-European unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), France hopes to purchase U.S. General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers to meet urgent surveillance needs while forging ahead with a Franco-U.K. unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) development. The joint UCAV development is currently in the study phase, under a U.K. defense ministry contract awarded last year to Dassault Aviation of France and Britain's BAE Systems. The first phase of a ...

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