Eurodrone programme achieves Preliminary Design Review milestone

By Defence Industry Europe

The MALE RPAS programme, also known as Eurodrone, has reached a significant milestone by successfully completing the Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This achievement, led by Airbus Defence and Space as the prime contractor, was accomplished with the support of OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) and representatives from France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The three major sub-contractors involved are Airbus Defence and Space Spain, Dassault Aviation, and Leonardo.


The PDR marks a crucial step in the Eurodrone’s development, demonstrating that the initial design of the aircraft has matured sufficiently to advance to the detailed design phase. This success follows extensive technical assessments, including Wind Tunnel Testing to verify the aerodynamic configuration, evaluations to ensure operational capability, and the validation of a comprehensive Digital Twin. The Eurodrone programme has benefitted from both physical and digital design philosophies from its inception.

With the knowledge gained from these evaluations, the Eurodrone programme now moves towards the Critical Design Review (CDR). This upcoming phase will finalize the architecture and system design of the Eurodrone, setting the stage for its eventual deployment.



Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the Eurodrone is poised to become a cornerstone of future combat air systems. It is expected to play a crucial role in international conflict prevention and crisis management, providing enhanced capabilities for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The Eurodrone aims to ensure operational superiority for its customer nations, reinforcing their defense and security framework.


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