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Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE (Eurodrone)

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

France | 2027

"The EuroMALE Unmanned Aircraft System represents the latest attempt by European defense players - namely Airbus, Dassault, and Leonardo - to provide military- and security-minded services with a UAV of local design."

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The EuroMALE represents the latest joint-European initiative centered on providing its various armed services with a locally designed, developed, and built Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The venture is being headed by major defense players Airbus and Dassault of France and Leonardo of Italy (with involvement from both Germany and Spain). To this point, the defense powers of the mainland Europe have had to rely on a collection of UAVSs of foreign origination - mainly from the United States and Israel; namely the Predator and Heron UAVs, respectively.

On April 26th, 2018, a full-scale mockup of the EuroMALE was revealed to onlookers attending ILA Berlin. The showcased specimen - not a finalized design form - has the usual bulbous frontal section containing the avionics fit. The fuselage is slender with nearly slab sides while the tail unit is capped by a single vertical fin with high-mounted horizontal planes (in the traditional "T-Style" or "Multhopp Tail" arrangement). The wing mainplanes are slim and fitted at, or near, midships while being low-mounted along the fuselage sides. Between the mainplanes position and the tail unit are outboard-held turboprop engine nacelles driving conventional propeller units in "pusher" fashion - this most likely a design quality accepted to better meet European civilian airspace regulations. Each engine drives a six-bladed propeller. The undercarriage is of a tricycle arrangement and appears fully-retractable into the design - a nose leg and two main legs are in play.

Beyond its general appearance, little in terms of performance for the EuroMALE is known. Since its powerplant scheme will revolve around conventional propeller-based systems, long loitering times are expected with a modest maximum speed. The system will most likely support the same sortie types that the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance-minded General Atomics "Predator" line does - though perhaps without the land-attack capability of the related "Reaper".

A finalized design form of the EuroMALE is scheduled to be completed before the start of 2019 while it is hoped that the production-quality version can meet an in-operation date scheduled for sometime in 2025 or thereabouts.

Performance and structural specifications on this page are estimates.

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September 2019 - Safran of France has been tapped with providing the powerplant to the new EuroMALE UAV. The development consortium will include ZF Luftfahrttechnik (ZFL) and MT-Propeller.

November 2019 - Airbus expects to begin deliveries of its EuroMALE to customers sometime in 2027.

June 2020 - German officials unveiled plans to arm their future version of the EuroMALE with Brimstone air-to-surface missiles and Paveway precision-guided drop bombs.

March 2022 - The Eurodrone program has been formally launched and currently includes France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
2 x Conventional engines driving six-bladed propeller units in pusher arrangement (rear-facing).
140 mph
225 kph | 121 kts
Max Speed
24,606 ft
7,500 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
466 miles
750 km | 405 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
32.8 ft
10.00 m
O/A Length
49.2 ft
(15.00 m)
O/A Width
8.2 ft
(2.50 m)
O/A Height
1,213 lb
(550 kg)
Empty Weight
2,425 lb
(1,100 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE (Eurodrone) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) provided across 4 hardpoints.
Mission equipment centered on various optics and sensor fits for the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) role.

Future versions may support air-to-surface missiles as well as precision-guided / laser-guided bombs.

Hardpoints Key:

Not Used
Notable series variants as part of the Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE (Eurodrone) family line.
EuroMALE - Base Project Name.
Eurodrone - Alternative project name.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Airbus-Dassault-Leonardo EuroMALE (Eurodrone). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Airbus; Dassault Aviation - France / Leonardo - Italy
National flag of France National flag of modern Germany National flag of Italy National flag of Spain

[ France (probable); Germany; (probable); Italy (possible); Spain (possible) ]
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