Camcopter S-100 demonstrates capabilities at LIMA
The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition saw demonstrations of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS). Schiebel’s second attendance at the LIMA exhibition in cooperation with Alaf Strategi underlines the strong interest for the Camcopter S-100 in the region. In June 2012, the S-100 successfully completed a series of demanding trials for the Malaysian armed forces and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) representatives.
Operated by Alaf Strategi personnel, the S-100 flew from a makeshift helipad at the beach various missions out to 30 nm in Teluk Batik, Malaysia. Several maritime ISR missions were performed by day and night, including a mission to identify and track several fast-moving MMEA vessels.
Although S-100 is tested on three oceans of the world, on 14 different classes of vessels, each trial is a unique and challenging experience. Hundreds of takeoffs and landings, relative wind speeds up to 40 knots, hovering close above the helicopter deck and automatically following the ship’s movements, with a subsequent smooth touch down and proven automatic decking capabilities, are just a few of the outstanding characteristics of the Camcopter S-100.
“Operating as part of either single ship or task force operations, the S-100 is a true force multiplier.” said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. “It expands the area of influence, provid- ing high-definition observation, allowing commanders increased decision times for counter action and target engagement. Close collaboration of maritime patrol and unmanned air systems together with satellites, radar- and sensor systems ensure secure traffic across oceans, preventing aggression, detecting piracy, securing coastlines and protecting pipelines.”
We are convinced that the worldwide proven Camcopter S-100 UAS represents the perfect asset for any surveillance mission. The series of regional trials conducted by Alaf Strategi personnel were successful and generated a lot of interest, not only in Malaysia. Our goal is to establish the S-100 as the leading UAS in Malaysia and beyond,” commented Zainal Ashraf Awal, CEO of Alaf Strategi Sdn. Bhd.