Schiebel has demonstrated the heavy fuel variant of the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) as part of its customer acceptance program with the Royal Australian Navy.
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Under the directive of the Navy Minor Project (NMP) 1942 to procure a vertical takeoff and landing maritime tactical unmanned aircraft system – interim capability (MTUASIC), RAN sought a platform for shipborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS successfully completed its flying program for the RAN validation and verification customer acceptance program at the Jervis Bay Airfield facilities in NSW.
Schiebel said the JP-5 (NATO F-44) heavy fuel powered CAMCOPTER S-100, equipped with a Wescam MX-10S payload and at operational ranges of up to 60 nautical miles as well as altitudes above 10,000 feet, presented its ability to deliver world-class imagery to commanders.
"The heavy fuel variant of the S-100 has performed very well during the validation and verification program and the RAN looks forward to utilising this platform to achieve NMP 1942 project objectives over the coming years," said RAN Contract Manager Kevin Beare.
Chairman of Schiebel Group, Hans Georg Schiebel, added that the feedback from the RAN has been overwhelmingly positive.
"The S-100 will prove to be an effective asset in enhancing the Navy’s ISR capabilities," said Schiebel.
"We are excited about the positive feedback we are receiving from RAN and are looking forward to continued co-operation in the future."