France Unveils ‘CAPA-X’ Modular VTOL Drone Concept
French defense firm SURVEY Copter has unveiled a light tactical drone concept that can perform vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL).
The new concept was made public during the SOFINS 2023, a biannual event of high-technology industries, held at the Souge camp in southwestern France.
According to the Airbus subsidiary, the new “CAPA-X” unmanned platform will have a three-blade propeller and fixed tricycle landing gear.
It is designed to be flexible and easily adaptable to various configurations and airworthiness regulations.
The system’s primary missions are intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, target detection and tracking.
However, military units can configure the CAPA-X to perform target investigation, damage assessment, cargo transport, communication relay, and search and rescue.
Responding to Various Safety Requirements
SURVEY Copter aims to make the new drone as modular as possible to operate on all terrain.
It can use short or long wings for missions requiring hovering, high speed, or increased flight autonomy.
Its propulsion system can also be changed from VTOL to horizontal takeoff and landing (HTOL) to allow conventional ascent and descent.
Additionally, its payload bay allows the drone to integrate different sensors to ensure mission success.
The company said the new CAPA-X concept would be capable of responding to various safety requirements on land, at sea, or on the frontline.