12 Jan '18, 10am

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The French defence procurement agency has contracted Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters to begin the process of building a demonstrator of the VSR700 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Announced on 11 January, the contract awarded by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) covers de-risking studies ahead of construction of a VSR700 demonstrator. This initial demonstration project will lead to trials of the rotary-winged UAV from a French Navy vessel. “The purpose of the contract awarded by the DGA is to identify, deploy and test the technologies necessary for the integration of a tactical drone-system capacity within a heavily armed vessel. It forms part of the preparation of the SDAM (Navy Airborne Drone System), whose entry into service is foreseen for the middle of the next decade on new Intermediate-Size Frigates (FTIs) and other Fre...

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