DCNS and Airbus Group‘sÂ helicopter business unitÂ have partnered to design a vertical take off and landingÂ drone systemÂ for France’s navy.
Airbus said Thursday DCNS will design and develop components for theÂ ship-based operation and integration of the VSR700 drone such as payload specification and validation as well as mission data links.
DCNS will also buildÂ the droneâ€™s mission system which will work to provideÂ real-time operations management and support payload control through aÂ combat management system, Airbus added.
Airbus willÂ design and develop VSR700 as well as various technologies for aerial missions such as data liaison, payload and a “see and avoid” functionÂ to support the droneâ€™s integration into airspace.
Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury said the partnership aims toÂ combine Airbus’ experience inÂ vertical flight and autonomous flight technologies with DCNS’ skills inÂ naval combat systems.
VSR700 is based on theÂ Helicopteres Guimbal-builtÂ Cabri G2Â light civil helicopter.