Airbus Defence and Space has contracted Safran Landing Systems to provide the wheels and brakes system work package for the Eurodrone, Europe’s new Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (MALE RPAS) reconnaissance drone.
Safran Landing Systems was selected to design, develop, qualify and produce the work package including wheels, brakes and hydro-mechanical equipment, and to supply the braking control module, to be developed by Safran Electronics & Defense, the company’s partner on this program. The contract comprises 60 shipsets.
“We are proud to work on this program with Airbus Defence and Space. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate both our know-how and ability to develop the technologies that will equip this unprecedented new military system,” said François Bastin, Safran Landing Systems CEO. “We are looking forward to meeting a number of technical challenges on this program, especially weight reduction, and delivering the best possible value proposition to our customer.”
Safran Electronics & Defense has also won a contract from Leonardo to develop and supply the high-performance Euroflir 610 electro-optical (optronic) system, for the Eurodrone.
The Eurodrone program is designed to outfit France, Germany, Spain and Italy with a highly autonomous medium-altitude reconnaissance drone, bolstering the European Union’s operational and industrial sovereignty.
Production of the first prototype is scheduled to begin in 2024 with a first delivery planned by the end of the decade.