US company Overwatch Imaging has successfully integrated its PT-8 Oceanwatch maritime small target detection payload on-board Vienna-based firm Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS).
The PT-8 Oceanwatch provides the Camcopter S-100 with an image-based, wide-area maritime search capability that significantly extends the range of coverage and enables the UAS to operate as a naval patrol system.
The payload is capable of autonomously detecting small targets on the ocean surface and searching for small objects across vast areas, while outperforming conventional cameras.
Schiebel Group chairman Hans Georg Schiebel said: “Because of its proven performance and multi-payload capabilities, the S-100 is already the most successful maritime vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS.
“Fitted with powerful payloads such as Oceanwatch and a best-in-class electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) gimbal, it provides an unsurpassed capacity for a range of mission-critical naval operations.”
Oceanwatch features a user-friendly interface and serves as a key solution for a number of applications such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gathering, search and rescue, and anti-piracy, as well as a wide range of other maritime security operations.
Overwatch Imaging founder and manager Greg Davis said: “The best part is that all the important work happens on-board so there is no loss in quality because of datalink compression.
“It is optimised for higher operating altitudes and longer ranges than other systems, and provides positive identification at market-leading ranges when combined with a Wescam MX-10, and the camera never blinks, takes a break or gets distracted.”
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAS is an operationally proven capability that requires no area preparation or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery.
In addition, the autonomous system has the capability to operate day and night, under any weather conditions and with a beyond line-of-sight capability of up to 200km, both over land and at sea.