DCNS and Air­bus He­li­copters join forces


DCNS, a world leader in naval de­fence, and Air­bus He­li­copters, the world’s lead­ing he­li­copter man­u­fac­turer, are join­ing forces to de­sign the fu­ture tac­ti­cal com­po­nent of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Sys­tème de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) pro­gramme. By pool­ing naval and aero­space skills and ex­per­tise, the team­ing of DCNS and Air­bus He­li­copters will be equipped to ad­dress all tech­ni­cal chal­lenges aris­ing from the naval in­te­gra­tion of the drones through the cre­ation of a ro­bust sys­tem ar­chi­tec­ture that can evolve and adapt to meet ev­ery need.

For DCNS, drones are the rov­ing eyes of the bat­tle sys­tem; their mis­sions are over­seen by each ship’s com­bat man­age­ment sys­tem, en­sur­ing in­creased ef­fec­tive­ness in real-time in sup­port of naval op­er­a­tions. Of­fer­ing a gen­uine tac­ti­cal ad­van­tage, the VTOL (ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing) drone is an or­ganic com­po­nent of war­ships and aug­ments the op­er­a­tional po­ten­tial of naval forces.

Un­der the terms of the part­ner­ship, Air­bus He­li­copters will be re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing the VSR700 drone as well as the var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies needed for drones to per­form aerial mis­sions, such as data li­ai­son, pay­load and a “see and avoid” ca­pa­bil­ity en­abling the drone’s in­te­gra­tion into airspace.

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