Air Platforms

Singapore Airshow: Vietnam in talks over Camcopter S-100 purchase

10 February 2014
Vietnam is in talks to buy the Camcopter S-100, seen here undertaking maritime trials off France's Ile du Levant in 2010. Source: Schiebel

Schiebel is in talks with the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) to supply its Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle, company officials confirmed at the Singapore Airshow.

Andrew Byrne, regional sales director for Asia-Pacific at the Austrian firm, told IHS Jane's that the company had briefed Vietnam about the S-100 and was planning to hold a multinational demonstration of the system's capabilities in the region later in 2014.

"Every southeast Asian country is informed" of the S-100, Byrne said, adding that as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam had shown interest in the platform. Australia and New Zealand were also examining the system, with the latter's navy taking part in a demonstration for New Zealand power company Transpower in September 2013.

If purchased by Vietnam, the S-100 would be deployed from the VPN's two new Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Sigma-class (Type 9814) corvettes, Byrne said. DSNS said in August 2013 that it had agreed to sell the ships to Vietnam: the second sale of the ship to the region following a previous contract with Indonesia. Byrne added that Schiebel was in discussions with the Dutch shipbuilder about integration of the Camcopter's systems aboard the two corvettes during the manufacturing process.

The S-100 on display at Singapore was fitted with the L-3 Wescam MX-10 EO sensor, an unidentified SIGINT sensor and the Selex ES PicoSAR AESA surveillance radar. Byrne described the S-100 as having a 200 km operational radius, within which the sensor range was 40 km at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is also fitted with a C-band datalink.

An S-200, which Byrne described as being about "three times the size of the S-100", has been designed but a demonstrator has yet to be built, he said.



(290 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Airbus TR-50

    Type Fixed-wing tactical reconnaissance UAV. Development Airbus Defence and Space describes the TR-50 tactical reconnaissance UAV as being designed for overland surveillance; SAR; reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; convoy/VIP protection; imagery and communications intelligence

  • AVIC Nimble Loong

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development The Nimble Loong (Nimble Dragon) fixed-wing surveillance UAV is understood to have been publicly unveiled at the Airshow China 2014 exhibition that was held in Zhuhai in southern China during the period 11 to 16 November 2014. As of the given date

  • AVIC VD200

    Type VTOL surveillance UAV. Development First publicly displayed (in model form) at the Airshow China 2014 exhibition that was held at Zhuhai in southern China between 11 and 16 November 2014, the VD200 VTOL UAV is designed for use in environments (such as mountainous and urban terrains) where

  • Insitu ScanEagle 2

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development The ScanEagle 2 UAS was publicly unveiled at the Euronaval 2014 trade exhibition that was held in Paris, France during October 2014 at which time, IHS Jane's sources were reporting the possibility of upgrading existing ScanEagle AVs to ScanEagle 2

  • INTA HADA

    Type Technology demonstrator. Development The HADA (Helicopter Adaptive Aircraft) formed part of a larger Spanish national programme that was known as Platino (Plataforma Ligera Aérea de Tecnologías Innovadoras, or Light Aerial Platform for Innovative Technologies) and which was backed

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT