EADS ETAP

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Source: AW&ST October 2000

At that time, European nations were expecting to sign a memorandum of understanding on what was called European Technology Acquisition Program ETAP.

ETAP envisaged technology concept and demonstration work during the next 10 years which could initially provide upgrades to Typhoon, Gripen and Rafale fighters and feed into a next generation fighter around 2020.

EADS officials outlined a road map which envisaged several different airborne systems.

Some UAV designs included:

-UCAV (already flying)
-URAV
-UAV for strategic recon and SIGINT
 

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UAV for strategic recon and SIGINT

Aerospatiale Matra (later EADS) Hale/Fregate long endurance UAV (TO weight 33,000 lb, endurance: 30 hours at 60,000 ft).
 

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More on European UAV program:

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/2001/2001%20-%200392.html
 

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