Schiebel has conducted flight demonstrations of its Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to display the multi-sensor capability of the system to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Conducted near Nowra in the South East Coast of Australia, the trials saw the UAS performing in multiple scenarios.
The flights aimed to demonstrate the capability of the advanced rotary wing UAS to support maritime and littoral intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) tasks.
Schiebel chairman Hans Georg Schiebel said: "This multi-sensor capability of the S-100 is a key element, showing the comprehensive flexibility of our proven system.
"We feel honoured that we were invited by RAN to this demonstration."
The trial also included the operation of the Selex ES Sage electronic support measure (ESM) and PicoSAR radar, as well as the L-3 Wescam MX-10 in realistic maritime security scenarios in the littoral and open ocean.
The tests revealed the capability of Camcopter S-100, with the Sage ESM and PicoSAR radar, to extend the surveillance of naval vessels and improve situational awareness.
According to Schiebel, the data delivered by the ESM and radar sensors will help understand the maritime environment.
The Camcopter S-100 is capable of conducting a range of missions, including general surveillance, border patrol, fire control, target designation, damage assessment, mine detection, and other marine roles.
It can also perform search and rescue operations, aerial photography, and even crowd-control in civil applications.
In addition, the system will be able to gather images with an electro-optical, infrared camera, to detect and to identify electronic signatures with an ESM antenna and to use a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in real-time with only one system.
According to Schiebel, the demonstration also allowed RAN personnel to study the pre-flight, operation and post-flight procedures of the UAS.
Image: The Camcopter S-100 has been designed as a versatile UAV to accommodate a variety of payloads. Photo: courtesy of Schiebel Corporation.