European naval unmanned helicopter made its first free flight

Perspective deck unmanned reconnaissance helicopter VSR700 development of which deals with the European consortium Airbus Helicopters, made its first free flight. According to the message of Airbus, free flight of the drone, held in AIX-EN-Provence in the South of France, lasted ten minutes and was found to be completely successful.

VSR700 flight tests began in November last year and conducted with little behind schedule due to pandemic coronavirus infection. Still flight testing VSR700 was held from the harness; it is needed in case of failure in on-Board equipment of the drone or loss of control.

In preparation for the first free flight developers modernized onboard systems VSR700. In particular, the device received the program gesneriana, and the interrupt system of the flight. Such modifications were to improve the safety of the apparatus.

Drone VSR700 is developed on the basis of the piloted two-seat helicopter Guimbal Cabri G2. This is done in order to reduce the cost and accelerate the development of the program. VSR700 can stay aloft for up to ten hours and carry a variety of equipment weighing up to 250 pounds. The range of the unit will be approximately 185 miles.

VSR700 length is 6.3 meters and a width of 1.2 meters and a rotor diameter of 7.2 meters. The unit will be able to fly at speeds up to 160 kilometers per hour. The French Navy are planning to use new drone frigates and destroyers.

Testing VSR700 held in 2017, but until November of last year, the flight was only equipped with systems of remote control and Autonomous flight, the helicopter Cabri G2. Actually it was a testing of the system; part of flight tests were conducted with the pilot in the cockpit. Without a pilot obesplozhennym the Cabri G2 helicopter performed its first flight in December 2018.

Currently, flight tests of a full prototype is VSR700, not a modified helicopter Cabri G2. Under current plans, in 2021 to be held the demo test VSR700, during which the machine will fly from the deck of one of the ships of the French Navy.

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