700X Naval Air Squadron

The ‘X’ in 700X stands for ‘experimental’ – and for good reason. The unit was formed to oversee the development and innovation of cutting-edge remote-piloted flight systems within the Royal Navy

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

18 kilograms

Total weight

1.7 metres

Total length

80+ miles per hour

Top speed

Our base

Our base

RNAS Culdrose

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Martin Howard

700X Naval Air Squadron's role

Remote-piloted aerial vehicles play an increasingly important role across the whole of the Armed Forces and 700X has been leading training courses with members of the Royal Navy as well as the Army and Royal Air Force.

The squadron has developed Predannack airfield, close to RNAS Culdrose, as a training facility for testing and innovating with the latest unmanned systems.

Operating under the motto Experientia Docet – ‘Experiences Teaches’ – the squadron has a long history of testing cutting-edge new aircraft for use by frontline squadrons, including the Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.

700X Training

700X deliver courses across Defence, training military operators to use Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) on the frontline. Here is a behind the scenes look at one of the courses they offer.

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