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Euronaval 2012: D2AD sea trials completed

23rd October 2012 - 14:37 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Paris

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Thales and DCNS have just completed sea trails of their D2AD automatic take-off and landing demonstrator for VTOL UAVs.  

The companies announced the achievement during the Euronaval conference in Paris, France, following the completion of the trials on 4 October.

The R&D effort was supported by the French Defence Procurement Authority (DGA), and testing involved the demonstration of: radar sensors; a harpoon system; air and dock beacons; a landing management human-machine interface; and a D2AD simulator. 

'We were testing the possibility of having a drone take off and land on a moving platform in the sea,' Pierre Legros, senior …

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