Euro-Drone: The very bad calculation of Europeans close to the outcome

Begun in 2016, the Eurodrone program led jointly by Germany (Airbus DS), France (Dassault Aviation) and Italy (Leonardo), continues to make headlines and passions, with many divergent opinions on the interest in technological choices and their influence on the production and operating costs of devices. It is thus not uncommon to read, or to hear from the authorities, particularly French authorities, that the program, which should reach € 9 billion and not the € 7,1 billion initially planned, will not be able to bring 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 rethink the program are at the very least questionable, not to say false.

The main criticism leveled at 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.

The Turkish Akinci drone also employs a twin-engine configuration.

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