BAE Systems and Dassault end joint UCAV project

The Anglo-French project to develop and fly an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator has officially ended, with no results.

BAE Systems and Dassault, and Rolls-Royce and Safran which are in charge of powerplants, plus systems specialists Leonardo and Thales – had been working on the project, following the signing of the Lancaster House treaty between France and the UK in 2010.

Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier confirmed at an annual results briefing in Paris on 28 February that work with “our British friends” has now ceased.

Trappier remains uncertain why negotiations with the UK Ministry of Defence stalled, but cited Brexit uncertainty and financial constraints as factors.

ng its own future fighter under the Tempest programme, with BAE and R-R as industrial champions.