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BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation's joint proposal to the UK and French Ministries of Defence for the design, development, production and support of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System.

Combining a wealth of experience, we have come together with Dassault Aviation to work exclusively on Telemos — a long endurance unmanned aircraft.
Telemos will be based upon both companies’ expertise as each nation’s premier developer and supplier of front line state-of-the-art combat air systems.
In particular we will draw on our Mantis programme experience.

Mantis, which first flew in 2009, will form the basis of an iterative programme that will exploit the capabilities and experience from both our company and Dassault Aviation from this and other related programmes.

The two companies are carrying out preparatory work and have established a joint team. Once the two governments have issued their common requirements, the joint team will develop a comprehensive proposal for delivering the capabilities required at a competitive cost.

This partnership ensures the UK and France will have 100% control over the design and delivery of the system capability. It also ensures that interoperability and integration requirements with other coalition nations and, or nationally, can be achieved and that the system can be designed to take advantage of the latest advances in technology, whilst exploiting investments made by both governments over the last 10-15 years.

The partnership, made formal when the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in March 2011, followed the decision by the governments of France and the United Kingdom to collaborate in the joint development of a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at an Anglo-French summit that took place in London in November 2010.

As a result of this, BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation were commissioned to carry out a joint government sponsored feasibility study into this area.

BAE Systems and Dassault jointly submitted our response to this study in Q3 2012 under the project name Telemos, that looked at meeting the proposed requirements for a MALE UAS for our two governments.

The two governments have yet to confirm their joint capability requirements and procurement strategy.