“Game changing” benefits could come from the further developing and fielding of unmanned rotorcraft by the UK armed forces, according to the managing director of Leonardo’s UK helicopter operation.
John Ponsonby told the Future of Military Rotorcraft conference at the DSEI event in London on 11 September that the initial results of the second phase of its Rotary Wing Unmanned Air Systems Capability Concept Demonstrator (RWUAS CCD) had already generated positive results.
He said the two-year RWUAS CCD effort, which got under way in February, had looked at developing concepts of operation and key user requirements. This built on earlier work with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the experience of the Royal Navy’s ‘Unmanned Warrior’ exercise in 2016.
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