Euronaval 2022: Airbus showcases its VSR700 UAS

At Euronaval, started on 18 October 2022, Airbus is showing the many range of ways our teams are pioneering to help protect these critical areas including its VSR700 Unmanned Aircraft System.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 VSR700 Unmanned Aircraft System, Euronaval 2022, Paris. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

70.8% of Earth is covered by water equating to a massive 361 million km2 of seas and oceans to be monitored. Gathering intelligence over maritime areas is a challenge of colossal proportions and Airbus has taken it on with the development of several dedicated systems - which includes an array of unmanned aerial systems ranging from light to long-endurance aircraft.

VSR700, the unmanned aerial system that is currently under development and has been designed to operate alongside other shipborne naval assets, will provide commanders with an improved tactical picture, greater search and rescue power, and bring to bear a highly capable autonomous platform in times of heightened threats.

Its compact size and discreet silhouette enhance stealth, and its payload accommodates a host of long-range, high-performance sensors – the optimal capability enhancement for modern navies.

With a maximum take-off weight around 700 kg (1,500 lb), it is a larger aircraft than the Austrian Camcopter S-100 which the French Navy has trialled before.

The drone is designed to eventually deploy from Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, as well as from frigates. The prototype VSR700 performed its first flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence, France, on 8 November 2019.