French armaments agency DGA says it awarded the team of Thales Airborne Systems and DCNS a three-year, $29 million deal to show the ability of vertical take-off and landing unmanned aircraft (VTUAV) to perform automatic takeoff and landing aboard ships, in all weather and meeting stringent surveillance demands. The demonstration contract puts Thales in the driver’s seat for a future production program. It’s also a big win for Boeing, with the French government potentially becoming the ...

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