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France Awards Contract for Drone Helicopters Deployed From Warships

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The French government has awarded a contract to two European firms to develop technology for rotary wing drones to take off from French navy vessels.

The Airbus Helicopters consortium and the Naval Group were selected as primary contractors for the program by France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), Airbus Helicopters announced Friday. The two firms are tasked with completing a study to identify technical risks "for initiating and realizing the program," the company said.

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French warships dock in Darwin ready for training exercises with Australian Navy

French warships

Two French warships have docked in Darwin as part of a mission to increase cooperation between the French Navy and its allies, including Australia.

Mistral and frigate Courbet are part of the Jeanne d'Arc amphibious taskforce that has spent the last three months at sea conducting regular training exercises.

Mistral is the second largest ship in the French Navy's fleet, with space for about 900 crew, 22 helicopters, a fully equipped hospital wing - with 50 beds and a dedicated burns ward - and amphibious craft that can be deployed in emergencies.

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French Navy visit for bilateral talks

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A French naval ship outfitted WITH  state-of-the-art navigational technology will call into Suva's King's Wharf today on a goodwill mission.

The D'Entrecasteaux, whose home port is Noumea, New Caledonia where the Pacific fleet of the French military is based, is commanded by five senior officers and a crew of 20.

French Embassy spokesperson Moira Vilsoni said the crew of D'Entrecasteaux were here to discuss mutual interests and the opportunity for professional training opportunities and joint EXERCISES  with the Fiji Navy.

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