Austrian company Schiebel with partner Andøya Space Defence successfully demonstrated their CAMCOPTER S-100’s search and rescue (SAR) and maritime surveillance capabilities in the Artic.
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The demonstration, which was completed in Artic conditions above 75 degrees north, was co-ordinated from the coastguard vessel KV Nordkapp in Norwegian waters.
The trial was conducted over the course of a week as part of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs program “Arctic 2030”, which was developed to support Norway’s ongoing interests in the Arctic region.
Throughout the demonstration, the uncrewed CAMCOPTER system was trialled to demonstrate how it can support traditional helicopters throughout the conduct of Arctic search and rescue missions, with the UAS operating in weather conditions and environments in which most helicopters are unable.
Onboard the UAS was a Trakka TC-300 EO/IR sensor, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8N Oceanwatch, a Radionor antenna to facilitate the transmission of a video feed and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
“The CAMCOPTER S-100 is perfect for maritime operations, including in the Arctic or Antarctic. It has proven several times that it can operate in temperatures down to -40 degrees Celsius and under harsh weather conditions. We’re proud to have been able to successfully demonstrate these remarkable capabilities to the Norwegian Coastguard and Navy,” Hans Georg Schiebel, chairman of the Schiebel Group, said.
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