Schiebel secures Australian UAS contract
Austrian-based defence industry contractor Schiebel has won a contract with the Royal Australian Navy for the supply of its Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS).
The S-100 has proven capability for military and civilian applications and includes a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability which means there is no need for a prepared area, supporting launch or recovery equipment.
It operates in day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) capability out to 200km, both on land and at sea.
The S-100 navigates via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or alternatively is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled using a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time.
Hans Georg Schiebel, owner of Schiebel Group, said: “We feel most honoured by the Royal Australian Navy’s decision to purchase our Camcopter S-100. We are sure that the S-100 will prove to be an effective asset that will set a new benchmark for UAS capability.
“As the experience of the company’s diverse maritime customers shows, the Camcopter S-100 improves the situational awareness of ship-borne operations substantially, making it the number one short-range tactical unmanned aircraft for naval applications.”
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