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Eurodrone achieves PDR milestone

The Eurodrone program has successfully passed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Led by Airbus Defence and Space as prime contractor, this major program milestone has been completed with OCCAR and representatives of the four customer nations (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) in the presence of the three Major Sub-Contractors (MSC), Airbus Defence and Space Spain, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo.

The PDR proves that the initial design of the aircraft has consistently matured, paving the way to proceed with the detailed design, says Airbus Defence and Space. It is the outcome of different technical assessments and evaluations including the overall design to ensure demonstration of operational capability, and the validation of a fully representative Digital Twin.

“Performing the Preliminary Design Review for the development of Eurodrone represents an important step forward for this key European defence programme”, said Jean-Brice Dumont, Head of Air Power at Airbus Defence and Space. “It shows a real joint effort and collaborative spirit from all industrial partners and the Customer community to ensure European sovereignty and independence in this critical segment of unmanned long endurance ISTAR capability.”

The Eurodrone program now enters into a new phase to reach the Critical Design Review (CDR), which will represent the final step and closure of architecture and system design.

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