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Industry will anticipate 1,429 million to finance Robles’ army of drones

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has highlighted the value of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the well-known drones, which have become a lethal weapon, which had already been used in other conflicts, but which in the current one is contributing to take an important tactical turn, for some unexpected, and to highlight the obsolete russian military equipment. Drones are being used for various tasks, from surveillance to launching missiles, and no one doubts that they will be decisive in the wars of the future. Many countries have been developing combat drones for decades and they are becoming more sophisticated, accurate and deadly. The first country to use them successfully in a conflict was Iran in 1980, during his confrontation against Iraq.

Before the invasion, Ukraine had barely a dozen T drones.B2 Bayraktaracquired from Turkey three years ago for 950,000 euros per unit, but it is possible that more than a thousand devices, of all kinds, have already reached their hands, thanks to the arms supplies of the allied countries. USA It has been supplying the kyiv Army with these weapons since the beginning of the war, which with different levels of sophistication, can be purchased for less than 10,000 euros and are capable of destroying high-cost enemy weapons. In this context, Europe has not wanted to let go of the commitment to drones as key unmanned weapons in modern warfare and since the end of 2016 four countries have promoted an ambitious plan for the development of this military technology.

Spain, Germany, France and Italy launched the EuroMale program six years ago, with the aim of shaping the largest combat drone on the continent – nothing to do with the 10,000-euro “kamikaze” UAVs – with a powerful economic investment, which also involves large European defense companies –Airbus Germany-Spain, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo– and others not so large and that will generate 7,000 highly qualified jobs. Thus, on April 26, the Government of Pedro Sánchez authorized the modification of the spending limits charged to future years to allow the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism collaborate in three defense programs, including the Eurodron or EuroMale RPAS, the most important, for which more than 1,400 million are contemplated in seven years.

The EuroMale is one of the most ambitious defense programs in decades. Germany, France, Italy and Spain will buy 60 devices in total

In this way, the department Kings Maroto advances the money to pre-finance the project and start the production of the drones. The money will be reimbursed to Industry by the companies once the Ministry of Defense, which directs Margaret Oaks, which contemplates a budget of almost 1,900 million, start buying the material. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Since 1996, it has maintained these collaboration agreements with the Ministry of Defense for special weapons programs. Thus, last January, the Council of Ministers approved the budget commitments for the development of the EuroMale program and the production of a Remotely Piloted Aerial System (RPAS)promoted by Germany, France, Italy and Spain, which are willing to buy 60 super drones, 12 of them -four systems, each with three devices- by our country.

Spain participates in the program with 23%, and the expected industrial return will reach 19%. The Spanish Government has budgeted a total of 3,368 million euros for the EuroMale program, of which 1,429 million will be provided by the Ministry of Industry between 2022 and 2028, and 1,789 million by the Defense Ministry, to be disbursed between 2029 and 2035, plus another 150 million logistical support. The EuroMale drone will have a wingspan of 26 meters, a length of 16 meters and a height of 6 meters. Its maximum cruising speed will be 500 kilometers per hour, its capacity will be around 2,300 kilos and its maximum takeoff weight will be 11 tons. The super unmanned drone will carry precision-guided weapons, but it is designed for other missions as well.

Three aeronautical giants will be responsible for the development, with the world leader Airbus Defense and Space at the head, who will be in charge of the fuselage of the devices. He will also have a key role, as a contractor, the French DassaultAviation, which has delivered more than 10,000 military and civil aircraft to 90 countries and is responsible for the Rafale fighter. Lastly, the Italian Leonard It will be the third large company to participate in the European consortium, but the auxiliary defense industry of the four countries will also actively participate in the program.