Eagle 2  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: ?
Origin: France and Netherlands
Corporations: Airbus Group* and Thales   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: EUROMALE
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): January 2009
Maiden Flight: 11 September 2006
Total Production: 4
Total Cost: USD$1.4 billion
Family Members: Harfang
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Description: The Eagle is a Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAV designed for strategic intelligence missions. It will meet the requirements of the French Air Force, MALE program, and the Netherlands. This European program has been named EUROMALE and it is being developed by EADS as prime contractor and Thales.

The Eagle UAV will incorporate IR/EO sensors, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), and Communications Intelligence (COMINT), and laser designator payloads. Communications between the UAV and the ground control station will be done via satellites (SATCOM) and line-of-sight data links.

Eagle 2 will perform strategic intelligence missions during 24 hours at altitudes of 45,000 feet. In service date for the Eagle UAV is scheduled for 2009 and the program total cost involving 12+12 Eagles could be as high as €1,100 million.

Eagle 2 Specifications

Crew: 0
Number of Engines: 1
Ceiling: 13,716 meter (45,000 foot)
Max Range: 3,400 kilometer (1,836 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 465 kph (251 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 24 hour (1 day)
Service Life: 15 year
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,600 kilogram (7,937 pound)
Payload: 600 kilogram (1,323 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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