Airbus Helicopters VSR700 Demonstrator Achieves Flight Envelope Milestone

Airbus has announced that the VSR700 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (UAS) has achieved the first step in opening the flight envelope at low speeds.

During the test flight, the speed limit of the VSR700 demonstrator was pushed up to 60k (110km / h and above).

At the end of the test, the demonstrator reached a durability of over 10 flight hours.

With the latest milestones, the VSR700 program is moving towards providing the French Navy with a UAS compatible with maritime demonstrations.

Nicolas Delmas, Head of the VSR700 Program, said:

“This is expected to be achieved in two major campaigns this year.”

In 2018, the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) signed a contract with a consortium including: Navy Group and Airbus Helicopters for Technology Development of First Demonstrator Of a rotary wing drone for French Navy ships.

After its launch in 2018, the VSR700 underwent the first series of tests.It is based on the Guimbal G2 helicopter

In late November last year, the VSR700 implemented a fully autonomous takeoff and landing (ATOL) approach.

November 2019, VSR700UAS prototype completes debut flight.. This test flight was conducted at the Drone Test Center near Aix-en-Provence, France.

Arnaud Mesnil, a flight test engineer for the VSR700 program, said: “The purpose is to test the reaction of an aircraft when flying in a state it has not yet encountered, such as speed, altitude, and mass.”

The UAS can be operated with other ships Shanghai military assets and provides enhanced search and rescue capabilities.

It can be equipped with multiple high-performance Navy sensors for a long period of time, providing a larger tactical image to the commander. Airbus Helicopters VSR700 Demonstrator Achieves Flight Envelope Milestone

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