Austrian company Schiebel has secured a three-year extension contract from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for the sustainment of its Camcopter S-100 uncrewed air system (UAS).

The extension enables RAN to leverage the S-100 and continue experimenting and enhance knowledge.

The company won the initial acquisition contract from RAN in 2016. The UAS has been designed to offer enhanced surveillance capability at sea.

Under the latest contract, Schiebel will provide field support services, engineering and logistics elements.

The extension will also support the development of a sovereign Australian Camcopter S-100 training capability.

Schiebel Group chairman Hans Georg Schiebel said: “For Schiebel Pacific, the contract extension secures existing Australian jobs and will create further positions for Australian unmanned air system (UAS) experts.

“We are immensely proud that we were able to convince with our Camcopter S-100.”

Last week, an 822X Squadron detachment at the RAN’s Fleet Air Arm started conducting trials with the 3.1m long rotorcraft.

The trials, which were carried out as part of the ongoing Exercise Talisman Sabre, focused on operating the UAS in conjunction with the MH-60R to increase complete aerial capability.

The Camcopter S-100 has so far supported many naval customers and completed missions on more than 40 different ships on all the oceans across the world.

Camcopter S-100 UAS has an automatic vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability and can perform operations in all weather conditions.

It can be used for a variety of missions such as search and rescue, tactical maritime operations, overwatch and more.

In November 2019, Schiebel received a contract from the Royal Thai Navy to supply its Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAS.