by Richard Tomkins
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 26, 2014
Qatar's military has set out to develop a high-performance optionally piloted aircraft with the help of Thales, the France-headquartered defense conglomerate.
Thales said in an announcement that a company representative and a Qatari official signed a memorandum of understanding on the project Thursday.
"This is an exciting prospect that Thales is looking forward to developing with the Qatar Armed Forces," said Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK. "Our experience in mission systems and unmanned air vehicles will provide Qatar with a world leading solution."
The Optionally Piloted Vehicle Aircraft, or OPV-A, will be an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance system. Thales said it will be integrated with a mission systems capability to enable the optionally piloted capability, thus a hybrid between a conventional aircraft and an unmanned aircraft system.
Thales provided no details on a development timeline or the potential monetary value of the development effort.
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|