Schiebel Cam­copter S-100 head­ing to­wards MUM-T op­er­a­tions


Schiebel and Pa­tria have been work­ing to­gether to in­te­grate Pa­tria’s so­phis­ti­cated Com­pact Air­borne Net­work­ing Data Link (CANDL) com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work onto the Cam­copter S-100 un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS).

The two Euro­pean com­pa­nies’ joint ef­fort is the first step of an on­go­ing pro­gramme of work ex­am­in­ing how the Cam­copter S-100 can be de­ployed to di­rectly sup­port manned heli­copter op­er­a­tions.

Pa­tria’s CANDL pro­vides a solid back­bone to ex­plore the ben­e­fits of Manned-Un­Manned Team­ing (MUM-T) op­er­a­tions, where the com­bined strengths of each air as­set can be op­ti­mised to in­crease over­all sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and en­hance de­ci­sion mak­ing.

As Schiebel’s Chief Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer Chris Day points out, “Us­ing the un­manned el­e­ment of a MUM-T op­er­a­tion to pro­vide both the for­ward and higher al­ti­tude view will help to keep pi­lots and the manned as­sets safe as well as im­prove over­all mission ef­fec­tive­ness.”

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