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13 June 22. Airbus waiting on Spain to launch SIRTAP UAS development. Airbus expects the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to shortly approve its involvement in the SIRTAP unmanned aircraft system (UAS) project that the company originally launched with Colombia, a programme official told Janes on 13 June.
Speaking at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris, Fernando Ciria, head of marketing airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), said that a decision from Spain is expected within the next 12 months, formally kick-starting development of the SIRTAP UAS that is being billed as sitting midway between the light tactical and medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) classes.
“We are thinking to launch the project with Colombia, and Spain has shown its interest also,” Ciria said. “We need more than one [national] commitment, and a Spanish decision is anticipated in about a year.” (Source: Janes)
14 June 22. Icarus Swarms, an expert in drone swarm technology, and Cerbair, an expert in anti-drone defense, have teamed up to pool together their research and development work around drone swarms.
This collaboration has several objectives :
* Improving anti-drone solutions
* To design drone swarms capable of circumventing the most efficient protection systems
* Create a French drone and anti-drone team of excellence whose research will benefit the Armed Forces.
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