France is embarking on a technology demonstration program using a Boeing rotary-wing UAV to determine if such designs can meet naval tactical requirements. On Dec. 16, the French armaments agency (DGA) awarded Thales Aerospace and DCNS a three-year, €22-million ($31.7-million) contract for the project. The team will use a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) UAV, or VTUAV, to perform automatic takeoffs and landings on ships in all weather conditions while meeting stringent surveillance ...

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