The Belgian Naval Component’s new Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (MTUAS) project team has tested Austrian company Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS).
The trials were conducted between 21 June and 1 July to demonstrate the S-100’s search and rescue and maritime surveillance capabilities, Schiebel said in a 3 July press release.
The rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was equipped with two imaging payloads – the L3 Wescam MX-10 and Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch – as well as with an automatic identification system receiver and rescue drop box for trials in Belgium in a land-based setting in Lombardsijde and a maritime environment in the Zeebrugge naval base. The navy said there was an option to equip the UAV with a harpoon system to anchor it to the NATO-standard deck of a ship.
The Belgian Naval Component said the S-100 is among the UAVs being tested by the MTUAS project team over the next two years. The service is looking for a rotary-wing UAV weighing up to 200 kg. Such systems could take over certain tasks from maritime helicopters and offer greater availability and flexibility, according to the navy.
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