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2014-05-19

Dassault Aviation: Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi propose joint approach to Europe's next generation drone

Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi propose joint approach to
Europe's next generation drone
Leading European companies deliver plan to France, Germany and Italy

Berlin/Paris/Rome (05/19/2014)
. Europe's Industry is ready to develop a next generation advanced European
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). After their call for the development of a
European drone at last year's Paris Airshow, the three most relevant European
aeronautical companies have now agreed on further details for a joint
approach.

Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi (a
Finmeccanica company) delivered a proposal for further defining a European
UAS to the Ministry of Defence of France, Germany and Italy. The offer
proposes a Definition Phase which has been prepared by joint development
teams of Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi
and which is backed by an industrial agreement on workshare and a cooperative
agreement to start the MALE2020 program.

The definition phase foresees that the three nations define and adjust their
requirements for a European UAS development together with their armed forces
and the European industry. The definition phase also serves to avoid costly
additional developments during production and to reduce financial and
development risks to a minimum. A commitment by the nations on the further
development of the European UAS has then to be made after finalizing this
definition phase: the plan of the Industries leads to an affordable and
certifiable solution ready by 2020.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space said:"We have reached an
important milestone for the development of a European MALE
Drone. The need for our armed forces is indisputable. We are highly motivated
to continue our discussions with the Ministries of Defence and are looking
forward to launch this first step soon."

Eric Trappier, CEO Dassault Aviation said:"It is a unique opportunity to
develop in Europe this strategic capacity. For
the first time industry starts a project by having a full agreement on the
general workshare of the MALE2020 programme. The proposal for the definition
phase has been commonly elaborated with joint design teams and therefore
demonstrates our industry's strong commitment to this program."

Giuseppe Giordo, Alenia Aermacchi's CEO, said:"We identify a clear opportunity
for the armed forces to take advantage of an
advanced sovereign ISTAR capability to cope with the future high level
requirements. Now is the time to drive technology forward and secure Europe's
capability in building the next generation of military air system as well as
maintain talent and expertise in our industry. "

Several European nations announced their requirement for unmanned aerial
systems. Also the results of the EU Defence Summit in december 2013 allude to
an urgent need. The Conclusions of the European Council recognize the
development of a MALE UAS as a key capability for European defence.

In light of an increasing dependency of European states on non-european
defence equipment, Europe's largest military aviation companies started in
June 2013 a joint call for sustaining key capabilities and therefore the
continent's sovereignty in constructing the future of military aircraft.

The timeframe of the decision to launch the European UAS is now critical in
order to meet this goal.

Europe's largest manufacturers for military aircraft thereby continue the
common path for a UAS MALE (Medium altitude - long endurance) program as
proposed during Paris Airshow 2013. The three partners are confident in the
value of their proposal and are ready to moove forward.

About MALE 2020
The MALE 2020 Project foresees the development of an European Unmanned Aerial
System for long-range missions at medium flight altitudes (MALE). Besides
being an answer to the European armed forces' requirements, it will take into
account the need to optimize the difficult budgetary situation through
pooling of research and development funding. With a souvereign European
development, critical requirements around the certification of drones are
inherently built into the programme from the onset. MALE 2020 is orientated
to foster the development of high technologies and contribute to sustaining
key competencies and jobs within Europe.

About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the
business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new
division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second
largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence
enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of
approximately €14 billion per year.

About Dassault Aviation
With over 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries over the
last 60 years, logging some 28 million hours in flight, Dassault Aviation has
built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and
support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter to the
high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. Dassault
Aviation posted sales of 4.59 billion euros in 2013, and has nearly 11,600
employees.

About Alenia Aermacchi
Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, has a role of primary importance in
the world's civil and defence aeronautical industry, counts a total workforce
of ca. 11,000 people and operates in the design, development, production and
integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers, unmanned
aerial vehicles and aerostructures. In 2013 it reported revenues of € 3.34
billion, orders of € 3.98 billion and a backlog of € 9.0 billion

Press Contacts:

Airbus Defence and Space

Florian Taitsch

Mobile: +49 (0)151 16831052
E-mail: florian.taitsch@cassidian.com

Dassault Aviation

Nathalie Bakhos
Phone: + 33 (0)1 47 11 65 11

E-mail: nathalie.bakhos@dassault-aviation.fr

Alenia Aermacchi
Marco Valerio Bonelli
Mobile: +39 335 6686531
E-mail: marcovalerio.bonelli@alenia.it

Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi propose joint approach
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