Absent government backing, Dassault Aviation of France and Britain’s BAE Systems have shelved plans to jointly develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV. But the two companies are forging ahead with the definition phase of a future unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demo that French government officials say could fly before the end of the decade. Since last summer the two companies have been executing work on a UCAS risk-reduction study contract awarded as part of a broader, ...

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