Europe has had to rely on American support to resolve two military conflicts, one in Libya and the other in Mali. France has learned from this and intends to order military drones from the United States to increase its capabilities by the end of 2013. The rest of Europe has not learned the lesson and two European projects to develop drones have been scrapped in the last 18 months. This will have long-term consequences as European industry is left behind.

<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;"><i>The Mali crisis has demonstrated again how critically dependent European military forces...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Future options for the German Air Force are expected to be related chiefly to the development of UAV technology, but that did not make any impression on the scrapping of the German-French Talarion project for a medium altitude long-endurance aerial vehicle
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