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In France, the flight tests of a helicopter type drone VSR700

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In France, the flight tests of a helicopter type drone VSR700

The French naval forces will soon receive helicopter-type drones. As he writes Flightglobal, the European consortium Airbus Helicopters has begun testing a full-fledged model of a promising deck reconnaissance unmanned helicopter VSR700.


According to available data, the Guimbal Cabri G700 manned twin helicopter served as the basis for the VSR2. The drone is able to stay in the air for up to ten hours without recharging and can cover the distance to 185 km. The carrying capacity is 250 kg, the length is 6,3 m. The diameter of its rotor is 7,2 m, and the maximum speed VSR700 is 160 km / h. In the future, the drone should be part of the armament of the ships of the French Navy class frigate and destroyer.

Flight tests as part of the VSR700 creation program have been carried out since 2017, but until now all flights have been carried out with the Cabri G2 helicopter equipped with remote control and autonomous flight systems. Now, experts have begun testing a full-fledged flying model of a drone. The machine received modified automatic flight systems. In the space where the pilots were located, on-board equipment was placed, and the glazing of the cockpit was replaced by technical panels.

Currently, the drone flies on a harness in the south of France near Aix-en-Provence. Demonstration flights from the deck of the ship are scheduled for 2021 year.
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  1. rocket757
    rocket757 15 November 2019 14: 12 New
    +2
    Who can do that!
    What is needed is not just a flyer, is the main thing here what will it be equipped with?
    1. Samaritan
      Samaritan 15 November 2019 14: 27 New
      +2
      Now large countries are all developing this option, Russia is no exception:
      VRT-300

      TB-29:

      And other types (UAV-VT) "Rook":
  2. Gray brother
    Gray brother 15 November 2019 14: 15 New
    +1
    Even it seems to me that its functionality will be somewhat limited, compared with a normal helicopter.
    If only the pelvis with migrants inspect.
    1. knn54
      knn54 15 November 2019 14: 39 New
      +1
      ! 0 hours without refueling is a lot. And it is created as an addition to the helicopter, which
      will not risk people and expensive equipment.
      1. Gray brother
        Gray brother 15 November 2019 14: 42 New
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        Quote: knn54
        ! 0 hours without refueling, a lot.

        And what can he raise?
  3. Amateur
    Amateur 15 November 2019 15: 21 New
    -3
    Drone is able to be in the air to ten hours without recharging and can cover the distance up to 185 km .... and the maximum speed of the VSR700 is 160 km / h.

    Again problems with arithmetic?