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Schiebel delivers CAMCOPTERS to French Navy

Naval Group has accepted two additional Schiebel-built CAMCOPTER UAS assets on behalf of the French Navy.

Naval Group has accepted two additional Schiebel-built CAMCOPTER UAS assets on behalf of the French Navy.

Vienna-based defence company Schiebel has now delivered a total of four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the French Navy, after handing over two additional CAMCOPTER S-100 uUnmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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The assets, received by Naval Group on behalf of the French Navy, will now be deployed on the Mistral Class amphibious helicopter carriers (PorteHélicoptères Amphibie – PHA) Tonnerre and Mistral.

The delivery follows the successful integration of the CAMCOPTER S-100 on the French Navy Mistral Class vessel Dixmude, which was finalised in 2019.

The newly acquired CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS are expected to be integrated on the French Navy’s vessels over the next few months, in a bid to enhance the helicopter carriers’ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

The CAMCOPTER S-100 VTOL UAS is capable of round-the-clock operation and can carry multiple payloads up to a combined weight of 50 kilograms.

“After the successful integration on the Dixmude, we are very proud of the confidence the French Navy has in the proven and reliable CAMCOPTER S-100 and we are looking forward to the integration on the Tonnerre and Mistral and their operational deployment,” Hans Georg Schiebel, chairman of the Schiebel Group, said.

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LCDR Serge D., UAS program officer, French Navy, added, “The S-100 on Mistral Class will be the first operational tactical UAS for the French Navy and this is a major step towards the Mercator plan.”

[Related: Schiebel Pacific gears up for LAND 129, SEA 129 projects]

Schiebel delivers CAMCOPTERS to French Navy
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