Austrian company Schiebel has successfully completed flight trials of its Camcopter S-100 uncrewed air system (UAS) for the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).
In a joint demonstration sponsored by the ONR on a commercial vessel off the Florida coast, Schiebel and Areté Associates showcased the capabilities of the S-100 installed with the Areté Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) sensor for data-gathering missions.
According to the company, PILLS allows hydrographic mapping of ocean littoral spaces with a low size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensor and has several military and commercial applications.
The SWaP sensor easily integrates into the S-100 uncrewed system.
Recently, Schiebel demonstrated the capabilities of its Camcopter S-100 UAS to the Hellenic Navy, the naval force of Greece.
Schiebel Group chairman Hans Georg Schiebel said: “We are proud that we could successfully showcase the outstanding capabilities and data-gathering features of our Camcopter S-100 to the US Navy.
“Globally, we operate extensively on land and at sea and we are confident that our unmanned solution is also the right fit for the US Navy.”
The Camcopter S-100 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS operates day and night and can perform in all weather conditions.
The uncrewed system has so far supported many naval customers and completed missions on more than 40 ships.
It can be used for a variety of operations, such as search and rescue, tactical maritime missions, and overwatch.
Last month, Schiebel secured a three-year extension contract from the Royal Australian Navy for the sustainment of the Camcopter S-100 UAS.