The Royal Australian Navy has selected the S-100 Camcopter from Schiebel (Stand 07-D04) to assess the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air system (UAS) capabilities alongside its manned helicopter inventory.
The navy will introduce the S-100 at the end of April for test and evaluation, prior to a potential operational acquisition. The contract calls for the provision of one system, with an option for another, together with three years of follow-on logistics support.
Hans Georg Schiebel, owner of the Schiebel Group, said: “We are sure that the S-100 will prove to be an effective asset that will set a new benchmark for UAS capability.”
The S-100 will join the Boeing/ Insitu Scan Eagle, which the navy is currently using from a variety of ships. Wherever possible the navy will partner unmanned systems with a manned capability, with the S-100 likely to be teamed with the NH Industries MRH90.
The Camcopter S-100 holds an enviable track record of supporting naval customers, with missions successfully completed on more than 30 different ships on all the world’s oceans, in every environment from the Tropics to the Arctic.