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Eurocopter reveals optionally piloted EC145

25th April 2013 - 18:11 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Istres

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Eurocopter has validated its EC145 helicopter in an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) role following a successful series of flight tests using its testbed demonstrator.

Demonstrated to a media briefing at Istres AFB in France on 25 April, the aircraft flew in both a piloted and unmanned mode, which was the third unmanned flight for the technology demonstrator although some 28 flights of the platform have been flown to date.

‘This OPV is a very basic and simple concept,’ Jean-Brice Dumont, executive VP of engineering at Eurocopter, said. ‘We consider this a real success; a technological success because we achieved what

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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