Delft Dynamics, Damen Naval Shipyards and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) have signed a cooperation agreement as part of the NEREUS (Naval long-Endurance Robot helicopter Equipped for Unmanned Surveillance) project.
The Dutch Ministry of Defence has commissioned the partners to research technologies for unmanned helicopter operations safely and cost-effectively from Royal Netherlands Navy, Dutch Coast Guard and other vessels.
The focus is on determining the operational weather limitations and interactions with ship movements. Delft Dynamics developed the helicopter, Damen Naval Shipyards will supply a suitable test vessel, and the NLR will conduct research into the operational limitations.
The project will start in early 2018 and will last for two years, an NLR statement said.