Schiebel and Oceanwatch have successfully integrated a small target detection payload onto the CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS).
The PT-8 Oceanwatch enhances the S-100's naval patrol capability by delivering an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area.
Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that face insurmountably large areas when zoomed in and invisible targets when zoomed out.
"Because of its proven performance and multi-payload capabilities, the S-100 is already the most successful maritime vertical takeoff and landing UAS," said Hans Georg Schiebel, chairman of the Schiebel Group.
"Fitted with powerful payloads such as Oceanwatch and a best-in-class electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) gimbal, it provides an unsurpassed capacity for a range of mission-critical naval operations."
Oceanwatch has been pitched as an ideal solution for a number of applications such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gathering, search and rescue and anti-piracy.
“The best part is that all the important work happens on board so there is no loss in quality because of datalink compression," said Greg Davis, founder and manager of Overwatch Imaging.
"It is optimised for higher operating altitudes and longer ranges than other systems and provides positive identification at market leading ranges when combined with a Wescam MX-10. And the camera never blinks, takes a break or gets distracted."