Suc­cess­ful tri­als for Selex sys­tem on Schiebel Cam­copter S-100


Schiebel and Selex ES have suc­cess­fully in­te­grated and flown the SAGE elec­tronic war­fare sys­tem on an un­manned air sys­tem for the first time. On De­cem­ber 12, 2013, the sys­tem flew on­board a Schiebel Cam­copter S-100 UAS.

SAGE is a dig­i­tal elec­tronic sup­port mea­sure (ESM) and elec­tronic in­tel­li­gence (ELINT) sys­tem for ra­dio fre­quency (RF) in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) mis­sions. It en­hances sit­u­a­tional aware­ness by pas­sively col­lect­ing emit­ter data from RF sources at a tac­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant range, com­par­ing them with an emit­ter li­brary and then iden­ti­fy­ing and geo-lo­cat­ing any threats.

Pete For­rest, Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales for Elec­tronic War­fare at Selex ES, said, “Armed forces are fac­ing the two-headed chal­lenge of need­ing to be able to de­tect in­creas­ingly RF threats while hav­ing to op­er­ate un­der tighter bud­gets. With SAGE, cus­tomers have a so­phis­ti­cated RF de­tec­tion and geo-lo­ca­tion sys­tem avail­able that they can op­er­ate cost­ef­fec­tively on plat­forms such as the Cam­copter S-100. We are pleased to be work­ing so ef­fec­tively with Schiebel and look for­ward to demon­stra­tions around the world in 2014.”

Hans Ge­org Schiebel, Chair­man of the Schiebel Group of com­pa­nies, said: “The SAGE in­te­grated sim­ply and quickly into the S-100, prov­ing the flex­i­bil­ity of both the UAS and the ESM and ELINT. SAGE forms a core com­po­nent of Schiebel’s in­te­grated suite of sen­sors that will pro­vide de­ci­sion-mak­ers with an un­prece­dented step change in tac­ti­cal ISR col­lec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity.”

Schiebel’s Cam­copter S-100 un­manned air sys­tem (UAS) is a proven ca­pa­bil­ity for mil­i­tary and civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions. The ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing (VTOL) UAS needs no pre­pared area or sup­port­ing launch or re­cov­ery equip­ment. It op­er­ates in day and night, un­der ad­verse weather con­di­tions, with a be­yond line-of-sight ca­pa­bil­ity out to 200 km, both on land and at sea.

The S-100 nav­i­gates via pre­pro­grammed GPS way­points or is op­er­ated with a pilot con­trol unit. Mis­sions are planned and con­trolled via a sim­ple point-and-click graph­i­cal user in­ter­face. High def­i­ni­tion pay­load im­agery is trans­mit­ted to the con­trol sta­tion in real time. Us­ing fly-by-wire tech­nol­ogy con­trolled by a triple-re­dun­dant flight com­puter, the UAV can com­plete its mis­sion au­to­mat­i­cally.

Its car­bon fiber and ti­ta­nium fuse­lage pro­vides ca­pac­ity for a wide range of pay­load/en­durance com­bi­na­tions up to a ser­vice ceil­ing of 18,000 feet. In its stan­dard con­fig­u­ra­tion, the Cam­copter S-100 car­ries a 75 lbs/34 kg pay­load up to 10 hours and is pow­ered with AV­Gas or heavy fuel.

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