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VSR 700  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Maiden Flight: 8 November 2019
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: ORKA-1200, Systeme de Drones Aeriens de la Marine, VSR700 and VTOL
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters*, Helicopteres Guimbal and Naval Group   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: SDAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Maiden Flight: 8 November 2019
Total Production: ?
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Description: The ORKA-1200 VTOL, also known as the VSR 700, is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed to complement maritime aircraft and helicopters. It is expected to operate from frigates and corvettes equipped with electro-optical (IR/CCD-TV and optional laser designator) and radar sensors. It will provide sea surveillance and over-the-horizon targeting, identification and battle damage assessment capability. The VTOL UAV will take off and land vertically even under rough sea conditions. This aircraft will be controlled through a shipboard multifunction console.

In October 2016, DCNS and Airbus Helicopters agreed to develop the VSR 700 tactical unmanned rotorcraft to meet the requirements of the French Navy SDAM program. Airbus Helicopters will take the responsibility of developing the VSR 700 while DCNS will take care of the aircraft integration into naval platforms. The Systeme de Drones Aeriens de la Marine (SDAM) or Navy Aerial Drones System is intended to deliver an unmanned rotorcraft suitable for shipborne operations by 2020.

VSR 700 Applications

Fighting Ships K130 Braunschweig

VSR 700 Specifications

Crew: 0
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 5.40 meter (17.7 foot)
Length: 6.20 meter (20.3 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 7.20 meter
Fuel Consumption
Average Fuel Weight Consumption: 15 kg/hr
Ceiling: 3,600 meter (11,811 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 198 kph (107 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 10 hour (0.42 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 700 kilogram (1,543 pound)
Payload: 250 kilogram (551 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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VSR 700 News

There are 7 news between
20 Oct 2016 and 12 Nov 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019VSR700 Unmanned Rotorcraft Prototype Performs First Flight
Thursday, December 20, 2018Airbus Helicopters VSR 700 Rotorcraft Demonstrator Performs Unmanned Flight
Tuesday, April 24, 2018Airbus H145 Helicopter and Camcopter S-100 Rotorcraft Demonstrate Teaming Capabilities
Thursday, January 11, 2018French Navy to Develop Unmanned Rotorcraft
Thursday, October 26, 2017VSR700 Rotary-Wing UAV Test Program Progressing Well
Monday, June 19, 2017VSR700 Unmanned Rotorcraft Demonstrator Performs First Flight
Thursday, October 20, 2016Airbus Helicopters and DCNS Join Forces to Develop SDAM Unmanned Rotorcraft System

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