The French DGA signs an order for a second VSR700 prototype

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The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has placed an order for a second prototype of the VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Announced by French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, the order also includes eight additional H225M helicopters.

The VSR700 UAS is developed in partnership with Naval Group as part of the French Navy Air Drone System (SDAM) program for the French Navy.

The first prototype of the VSR700 UAS made its maiden flight last year.

Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, said: “We are very grateful to the French government for its support to the aviation industry through the Stimulus plan. It is a win-win situation because the aircraft meets a real operational need of the French armed forces and this order allows Airbus Helicopters to secure jobs and key skills in the medium term.

“The VSR700 is also a crucial program. It will provide the French Navy with a high-performance autonomous platform and pave the way for future unmanned systems within the Airbus Helicopters portfolio.

The H225Ms, which are twin-engine helicopters, will be operated by the Air and Space Force.

H225M is part of the Cougar family of helicopters developed by Eurocopter.

With over 104 helicopters in service and approximately 143,000 cumulative flight hours to date, the H225M is a combat-proven, versatile and reliable platform for global military missions.

Let us even add: “The French Armed Forces are confronted with growing and varied challenges and I am convinced that the H225M, thanks to its excellent autonomy and its multirole capacity, will be an effective and reliable asset which will improve their operations on the national territory and in abroad.

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