By Olivia Bugault

 

Airbus SE said Thursday that its subsidiary SURVEY Copter has signed a contract with France's directorate general of armaments to provide drone systems for French Navy ships.

The European plane maker said the first deliveries of the 11 Aliaca fixed-wing drone systems are expected in 2021, but didn't disclose the financial details of the deal.

Airbus said the aircraft systems enable missions of up to 3 hours over a 50-kilometer range and can operate in severe environmental conditions. It added that they allow for multiple operations including tactical analysis, control of illegal maritime activity, search and rescue, traffic monitoring, pollution detection and coastal surveillance.

 

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