In preparation for the upcoming real sea-trials, Boeing’s unmanned helicopter (based on a modified MD530F ‘little bird’) successfully landed on a moving platform towed by a truck. The project is under contract by the French armaments agency (DGA) and major partners are DCNS and Thales. Both French companies are modifying the system for its new more demanding role and next year, sea trials will be conducted over a French frigate. It is worth noticing that this particular system is not only derived from a manned system but it can be optionally piloted with a various levels of autonomy thus speeding up the development and simplifying many complex procedures that usually fully unmanned systems have. (via Ares blog)

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Comment by simonl on November 20, 2011 at 2:12pm
Nice work, but landing on a heaving frigate deck will be much more impressive (I wouldn't want to be the safety pilot on that test!)
Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 20, 2011 at 3:19pm

Too bad Boeing couldn't win a contract to use their own helicopters. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 20, 2011 at 11:20pm

Well the Firescout is pretty far out ahead of them, being in service and all. Fire X is pretty jolly cool as well and the Kaman Kmax is just fabbo.

Comment by agmatthews on November 21, 2011 at 2:44pm

And here it is in miniature - one for the little guys!


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