Ital­ian Navy se­lects Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAV

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he Ital­ian Navy is set to be­come the first Euro­pean navy to op­er­ate the Camcopter S-100 UAV fol­low­ing the sign­ing of a con­tract with Schiebel. The UAV will be used in sup­port of Ital­ian Navy ships em­ployed in anti-piracy mis­sions. Un­der the con­tract, Schiebel will sup­ply one Camcopter S-100 sys­tem, train­ing, in­te­gra­tion and spare parts.

The Camcopter S-100 was flown from the ITS Ber­sagliere of the Ital­ian Navy in April 2012, when it demon­strated a num­ber of mis­sions for Ital­ian Navy ob­servers.

Hans Ge­org Schiebel, Chair­man, Schiebel Group, said: “The Camcopter S-100 continues to be a proven and highly sought af­ter as­set in mar­itime op­er­a­tions. Its abil­ity to ex­tend a ship com­man­der’s vis­i­ble and elec­tronic hori­zon to be­yond what is con­ven­tion­ally pos­si­ble is a pow­er­ful in­stru­ment that helps to counter pos­si­ble threats, se­cure routes and con­trol re­courses at less op­er­a­tional cost. This qual­ity has al­ready gar­nered the in­ter­est of sev­eral global navies where the S-100’s ro­bust na­ture has proven ef­fec­tive, par­tic­u­larly in the un­for­giv­ing mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mounted with a Wescam MX-10 and a shine mi­cro au­to­matic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, the S-100 has the ca­pa­bil­ity to col­lect time-crit­i­cal data for up to 6 hours, pro­vid­ing de­ci­sion­mak­ers with a flex­i­ble unique means of col­lect­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion. The S-100 will be mounted with a Schiebel-de­signed har­poon sys­tem, which sup­ports take-off and land­ing in con­di­tions up to Sea State 5. Cal­i­for­nia. The first air­craft com­pleted its ini­tial flight in Oc­to­ber 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date.

The MQ-8C air ve­hi­cle up­grade will pro­vide longer en­durance, range and greater pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity than the MQ-8B, which is cur­rently de­ployed aboard USS El­rod (FFG 55) in the Mediter­ranean.

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