Begun in 2016, the Eurodrone program led jointly by Germany (Airbus DS), France (Dassault Aviation) and Italy (Leonardo), continues to hit the headlines and passions, with many divergent opinions on the interest in technological choices and their influence on the production and operating costs of the devices. It is therefore not uncommon to read, or hear from authorities, notably French, that the program, which should reach € 9 billion and not the € 7,1 billion initially planned, will not be able to to provide sufficient capital gains to justify the price difference, this directly threatening the continuation of the program. However, it turns out that the arguments put forward to explain this desire to relocate the program are questionable, to say the least, false.
The main criticism of the Eurodrone is its twin-engine configuration, which many consider unsuitable and even a severe handicap for export. It is therefore interesting to note that, contrary to what is advanced here, many countries have chosen the twin-engine configuration for their heavy MALE drones. This is the case of Russia, Turkey, but also of China, which is none other than the world leader in combat drones…. We must therefore believe that this configuration has some interests.
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