British defense firms Elbit Systems UK and Draken Europe have inked a strategic partnership deal to deliver advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the two companies will explore the cooperative development of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) to bolster ISR missions amid security challenges within and beyond the UK’s borders.

Both firms will serve as manufacturers and operators.

Elbit UK said its extensive UAS portfolio, including multiple classes of fully integrated fixed-wing and vertical take-off and landing systems, would be maximized to meet the terms of the agreement.

“We will leverage our manufacturing knowledge and high technology in conjunction with Draken’s service experience to deliver an efficient and productive collaboration, supporting the delivery of advanced ISR services,” Elbit CEO Martin Fausset said.

Aviation manufacturing firm Draken Europe will also contribute its specialist ISR services, special mission, and search and rescue operations toward the deal.

“The development of civil aviation-compliant uncrewed systems is a natural next step in this [aviation and aerospace component manufacturing] sector and our cooperation with Elbit Systems UK gives us a partnership with a manufacturer that benefits from decades of proven operational experience and a flexible approach, willing to adapt its systems to meet evolving end-customer requirements,” CEO Paul Armstrong said.

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