Autonomous-flight cooperation pact signed by Mercury Systems and Airbus Defence and SpaceNews
May 26, 2021
ANDOVER, Mass. and MUNICH, Germany. Mercury Systems and Airbus Defence and Space announced that they will cooperate in the area of autonomous and flight-control computer programs.
The industry heavy-hitters have signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement, which indicates their commitment to advance a strategic-teaming arrangement in research, demonstration, validation, and certification of autonomous and flight-control computer programs, including algorithms and environment of execution, according to a joint statement.
Didier Thibaud, Mercury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated: “This important initiative further solidifies our longstanding relationship with Airbus to drive key advances in secure and trusted autonomous technology. At the intersection of high-tech and defense, we collaborate with industry leaders like Airbus to deliver the most innovative, purpose-built mission computing solutions that help them meet their business commitments and further their leadership in the global market.”
Dr. Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defence and Space Executive Vice-President Marketing and Sales, said of the announcement: “At Airbus we are committed to innovation and pioneering aerospace. By this cooperation we will further strengthen our activities in developing future solutions and products for both piloted or autonomous flying. As Mercury is one of our award-winning suppliers, I am particularly glad that we can extend our successful cooperation with this agreement. This agreement is also another commitment of Airbus to Swiss partners, especially in the security-relevant technology and industry base."