The Regional Minister of Economic Transformation, Rogelio Velasco, shows his satisfaction with this project that “will consolidate the activity of Airbus in Andalusia”

The Andalusian Airbus plants in Seville and El Puerto de Santa María the manufacture parts of the Eurodrone, the new unmanned military aircraft in which Spain, Germany, Italy and France participate.

The Head of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and Universities, Rogelio Velasco, has expressed his satisfaction with this project and explained that Andalusia is consolidated as the second relevant community in both operators and pilots in the field of drones.

Nationally, more than 3,000 operators are registered in this field, of which 550 have an Andalusian stamp. “The scenario is, therefore, hopeful and the Andalusian region is well positioned as it has the knowledge, companies and professionals that place it in a prominent position, but, above all, it has the commitment of the Andalusian Government to continue advancing in its development”, highlighted.

Velasco has also expressed that the Region has unique and strategic infrastructures equipped with the most innovative technology in Europe that places it at the forefront in the field of drones. Among them, he highlighted the Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), managed by the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA); or the Center for Experimental Flights with Unmanned Aircraft-ATLAS, in Villacarrillo (Jaén), the first aerodrome in Spain dedicated entirely to experimentation with unmanned aircraft technologies and systems. Both initiatives join the CEUS and the future Center for UAV Innovation and Urban Air Mobility.

The unmanned military aircraft is a project that is still in the engineering phase, but the first units will begin to see the light of day in late 2023 or early 2024, and the flight of the first prototype is expected to be in 2025. Spain participates with 21 percent of the project.