The first heavy-fuel-powered versions of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) – the vehicle’s launch customer – by the end of 2017, Schiebel’s Australia sales representative, Phil Swinsburg, confirmed on 25 October.
Schiebel has replaced the Diamond piston engine from previous versions of the S-100 with a two-disc rotary engine, sourced from UK company Rotron and modified in-house. The engine accepts JP-5, a kerosene-based fuel with a flash point above 60 degrees Celsius, specified by the RAN for safety reasons.
The vehicles were procured under a December 2016 contract to meet the RAN’s interim maritime vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) requirements.
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