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​Heli-Expo 2017: VSR700 ready to fly

7th March 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Marignane

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The shipborne VSR700, a unmanned helicopter VTOL system, is fast approaching its first flight without a safety pilot.

The aircraft is derived from a light civil helicopter, the Cabri G2, and has been developed by Airbus Helicopters in partnership with French company DCNS.

The 700kg UAV will have a ten-hour endurance capability and encompass a 100kg payload. It has a diesel engine which Airbus Helicopters says will contribute to a low fuel consumption. On board it will have plug and play sensors.

Airbus expects that the first flight will take place without the safety pilot before of the end

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Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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