Camcopter helocopter

Schiebel has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its Camcopter S-100 unmanned helicopter aboard the Brazilian Navy’s Amazonas-class ship APA.

The assessments were aimed at evaluating the aircraft’s payload capabilities, including L3 Wescam MX-10, Selex ES SAGE ESM, Selex PicoSAR Radar and an automatic identification system.

The trials were performed at ranges up to 44nm, with target detection out to 90nm.

When mounted using a harpoon system, the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS supports take-off and landing in conditions up to sea state five, further boosting operational ability.

It also offers unique degrees of flexibility, versatility and persistence onboard Italian Navy ships for anti-piracy missions.

The UAS features Wescam MX-10 and a Shine micro-automatic identification system (AIS), which allow for the gathering of time-critical data for continuous periods of approximately six hours.

"The assessments were aimed at evaluating the aircraft’s payload capabilities."

Eliminating the need of launch or recovery equipment with day and night operations, the aerial system’s ‘fly-by-wire’ technology allows automatic completions of its missions.

Integrating EADS Astrium’s Pseudolite-based DeckFinder local positioning system, the Camcopter S-100 UAV has also completed a series of flight tests.

During early June, the Italian Navy also started technical assessments of the S-100 UAV on the San Giusto (L89894) landing helicopter dock to verify integration with the vessel’s systems, take-off and landing capability from the deck, and sensor capabilities.

Image: The Schiebel Camcopter S-100. Photo: courtesy of Stahlkocher.

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