France Accelerates UAV Procurement for French Navy

France Accelerates UAV Procurement for French Navy – link

Source: UAS Vision

Article Headlines

  • As part of a larger potential recovery plan to help the French aerospace industry cope with the current economic crisis, the French ministry of the Armed Forces announced on its Twitter account that the procurement of rotary and fixed-wing UAV for the French Navy will be made ahead of schedule
  • As reported by the public report released by the Ministry of Armed Forces, a total budget of € 600 million have been allotted for this recovery plan which also covers the early procurement of 3 A330-MRTT; 1 ISTAR aircraft and 8 H225M helicopters for the French Air Force
  • This includes the VSR700 that is being developed by Airbus Helicopters with a view to providing military customers with a solution that leverages a tried and tested civil aircraft
  • Harnessing autonomous flight technologies that have been tested by Airbus Helicopters through a range of demonstration programs, the VSR700 is derived from a light civil helicopter, the Cabri G2 (developed by the company Hélicoptères Guimbal), which has proven its reliability and low operating costs in service
  • This future rotary-wing UAV by Airbus Helicopters is set to be deployed aboard the future FDI frigates of the French Navy

Overview & Comments

  • On November 8th the VSR700 performed its first flight in full UAV configuration, as opposed to an optionally piloted version, in which the AV performed several take-offs and landings with a tethered 30 m cable attached for safety purposes
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