France has now accumulated more than 240 flight hours across 160 sorties with the VSR-700 unmanned air vehicle (UAV) demonstrator developed by Airbus Helicopters, as it prepares for its final series of shipborne tests later this year.
The parent company of helicopter manufacturer Bell is confident the company’s win in the US Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contest will be upheld, amid a challenge from competitor Lockheed Martin.
Airbus Helicopters remains confident that France will continue to back the MkIII upgrade of the Tiger attack helicopter, despite media reports that Paris is seriously considering scaling back the programme due to budget constraints.
A group of NATO nations are gearing up for a busy 2023 as they oficially begin work in earnest to define the characteristics of a next-generation medium-class helicopter that could enter service in the late 2030s.
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