Schiebel Demonstrates Heavy Fuel Capability To Royal Australian Navy Customer
Schiebel announced today that the heavy fuel variant of the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) was successfully demonstrated to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as part of its customer acceptance programme.
It was announced in February that RAN awarded Schiebel a contract to provide its unmanned helicopter and three years of logistics support. This was signed back in December. The announcement did not disclose the contract value or the number of systems ordered, each of which consists of two aircraft.
Under the directive of the Navy Minor Project (NMP) 1942 to procure a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) Maritime Tactical UAS – Interim Capability (MTUAS-IC), RAN sought a platform for shipborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Selected for its maturity and demonstrated capability, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS successfully completed its flying programme for the RAN validation and verification customer acceptance programme at the Jervis Bay Airfield facilities in New South Wales, Australia.
In a comprehensive series of tests, the JP-5 (NATO F-44) heavy fuel powered CAMCOPTER S-100, equipped with an L3 Wescam MX-10S payload and at operational ranges of up to 60 nautical miles as well as altitudes above 10,000ft, presented its ability to deliver exceptional imagery to commanders. This is not the first time Schiebel included L3 Wescam systems in its aircraft. For more see here.
“The heavy fuel variant of the S-100 has performed very well during the validation and verification programme and the RAN looks forward to utilising this platform to achieve NMP1942 project objectives over the coming years,” RAN Contract Manager Kevin Beare noted.
“The S-100 will prove to be an effective asset in enhancing the RAN’s ISR capabilities,” Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, concluded. “We are excited about the positive feedback we are receiving from RAN and are looking forward to continued cooperation in the future.”