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Spain to host unmanned aircrafts research centre

Spain will host a research centre for large unmanned aircraft systems in Huelva, Andalusia.

The centre will be funded jointly by the Andalusia region (€30 million), the Spanish science ministry through EU regional development funds (€21m), and through the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (€10m).

Antonio Ávila, the counsellor for economy, innovation and science of the Andalusia region, said this project could become “a national and European reference centre” for the development of unmanned aircrafts for military and civil purposes.

The region also said the projects will lead to the creation of 250 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs, and attract €25m of private investment.