Accord de partenariat Airbus-DCNS pour le développement de l'hélidrone à moteur diesel Tanan | Newsletter navale |

PARIS — Airbus Defence and Space and shipmaker DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to further develop the Tanan, an unmanned helicopter designed for naval application, the companies said in a statement.

The French Navy is keen to acquire an unmanned air vehicle on a rotorcraft, Jean-Marc Nasr, chief operating officer of Airbus Defence and Space, said. DCNS, which builds the FREMM frigate and Gowind corvette, potentially could offer the system when promoting exports of the warships.

The Tanan could be armed with weapons such as the MBDA medium-range missile, dubbed missile moyenne portée, or the Thales lightweight multirole missile. It could also be equipped with a sensor pack and datalink.

The 350-kilogram Tanan flies on diesel, seen as an operational advantage because it would run on the same fuel as the parent ships. A first flight of the Tanan is due before the end of the year.

“This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the Tanan vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS, as it takes into account the naval sector’s requirements and the aircraft’s efficient integration onto all types of armed vessels from the outset,” the companies said in the statement.