Suc­cess­ful flights for Thales I-master on Cam­copter S-100


Thales’ I-Master radar sys­tem has suc­cess­fully com­pleted flight tri­als on­board a Schiebel Cam­copter S-100 UAS (un­manned air sys­tem). The flight tri­als on Cam­copter S-100 took place re­cently at the Schiebel test fa­cil­ity in Wiener Neustadt, Aus­tria. The flights, each last­ing sev­eral hours, suc­cess­fully proved both sen­sor per­for­mance and the sta­bil­ity of data trans­fer be­tween radar op­er­a­tor and the air­borne I-Master.

I-Master is a high-per­for­mance radar, pro­vid­ing ground mov­ing tar­get in­di­ca­tion (GMTI) and syn­thetic aper­ture radar (SAR) ca­pa­bil­ity for all-weather sur­veil­lance, detec- tion and recog­ni­tion of tar­gets over large ar­eas at long stand-off ranges. Schiebel’s Cam­copter S-100 is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a wide range of sen­sors for mil­i­tary and civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ed­die Awang, Vice Pres­i­dent of In­tel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance and Re­con­nais­sance at Thales UK, said, “This trial, con­ducted in part­ner­ship with Schiebel, pro­vided ex­cel­lent GMTI and SAR re­sults. It shows that I-Master can op­er­ate suc­cess­fully on this VTOL UAV, meet­ing the spe­cific chal­lenges of un­manned plat­forms with­out in­ter­fer­ence or op­er­a­tional im­pact.Whether in­stalled alone or to com­ple­ment elec­tro-op­ti­cal/in­frared sen­sors, I-Master greatly im­proves the ef­fec­tive­ness of any sur­veil­lance sce­nario.

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