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Airbus Helicopters VSR700

France (2020)
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The upcoming unmanned Airbus Helicopters VST700, being developed jointly with DCNS, is based on the manned Cabri G2 light helicopter series.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Airbus Helicopters VSR700 Unmanned Maritime Reconnaissance Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 1/24/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Naval unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) systems are a growing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) subgroup. Modern warships have nearly-always relied on some sort of airborne element to reconnoiter areas Beyond-the-Horizon (BtH) and the role use to be fulfilled (rather effectively) by recoverable balloons and floatplanes. However, today's technologically advanced vessels require a more modern solution so several major UAV developers have centered the fray in delivering maritime-minded, helicopter-type unmanned vehicles to fulfill various ongoing requirements - some to be used as reconnaissance platforms and others as resupply air systems.

Airbus Helicopters has based a vehicle on the former with the framework made up of the French-made Guimbal Cabri G2, a twin-seat, single-engine light helicopter introduced in 2008. The revised, unmanned product is the "VSR700", retaining all of the excellent qualities of the lightweight and relatively simple G2 helicopter. The VSR700 was brought about to fulfill a French Navy requirement for a ship-launchable and -retrievable unmanned aircraft system. As a compact rotorcraft, the VSR700 naturally holds a small footprint aboard the deck of a warship - whether considering the larger Mistral-class amphibious assault platforms or traditional French Navy frigates currently in service.
Outwardly the helicopter carries over the same form and functionality as its manned predecessor. However, the cockpit section has been covered over and now holds pertinent operational systems. The optics set is fitted at the "chin" position and other sensors are mounted under the belly of the fuselage. The fuselage also houses the single engine installation which drives a three-bladed main rotor overhead. A shaft is buried in a thin tail stem driving power to the Fenestron-shrouded tail rotor unit. Horizontal stabilizers are affixed towards the aft-end of the tail stem. The undercarriage consists of a single four-point, twin-skid arrangement which further simplifies construction and maintenance of the vehicle.

The VSR700 is set to be displayed at the 2017 Paris Air Show as a static exhibit. Evaluation of the aircraft is set to be conducted before the end of 2017.

January 2018 - It was announced that the prototype of the VSR700 program will be ready for its first-flight for sometime in 2018.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (115mph).

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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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Origin: France
Year: 2020
Type: Unmanned Maritime Reconnaissance Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Airbus Helicopters / DCNS - France
Production: 1
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
France (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Airbus Helicopters VSR700 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
20.67 ft


Meters
6.3 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
23.62 ft


Meters
7.2 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.02 ft


Meters
2.75 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
882 lb


Kilograms
400 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,543 lb


Kilograms
700 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Continental CD-155 jet-fuel piston engine developing 155 horsepower and driving a three-bladed main rotor and Fenestron-shrouded tail rotor unit.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
115 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
185 kph


Knots
100 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
435 mi


Kilometers
700 km


Nautical Miles
378 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
13,123 ft


Meters
4,000 m


Miles
2.49 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,200 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
366 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission pack consisting of Electro-Optical (EO) camera, surface-search radar and various onboard sensors.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• VSR700 - Base Series Designation