Airbus Helicopters has just signed a collaboration agreement with none other than the naval defense company DCNS, which is 35% owned by Thales, while the remaining part is mostly owned by the French State itself. Thanks to the joint work of both companies, it is expected to develop a new exclusive UAV system to cover all the needs of the drone program that the French Navy has underway.
Regarding the drone that is expected to be developed, we are talking about a system that must be robust and complete in the sense that must easily adapt to any mission that the naval forces have to carry out. It is precisely because of the latter that an aircraft has to be developed that can be flexible as well as reliable. All of this, as announced, with a few operating costs that can be affordable.
DCNS and Airbus are already working on the development of drones for the French Navy.
Regarding the work to be carried out by both companies, on the one hand DCNS will be in charge of supplying and maintaining the system once it has been developed. To do this, they must integrate the use of this type of drones in the ships in which the French Navy itself plans to take off and land. This work includes the validation of aircraft payloads and the data connection necessary to carry out any mission.
As for the Airbus, will be in charge of designing and developing the drone, apparently it will be a unit developed from the Cabri G2 civilian Libero helicopter. In addition to this, it will be in charge of designing and implementing the technology present in the platform for each type of mission (software to locate and avoid obstacles, payload ...)