The Hellenic Navy completed trials of the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) manufactured by Schiebel.
The trials were held on board of the Elli-Class Frigate Aigaion (F-460) in the Mediterranean Sea west of Crete. The Range, endurance and speed, as well as maritime surveillance and detection capabilities of the CAMCOPTER S-100 were exhibited to the Hellenic Navy during the demonstration flights, the company said in a release Monday.
The event also included day and night take-offs and landings, cooperation with other Hellenic Navy vessels, maritime traffic monitoring and coast observation.
In December of 2020, the French Navy procured two CAMCOPTER S-100 systems consisting of four Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) for deployment on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers.
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS is a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS and requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It has beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km / 108 nm, over land and sea. It has a service ceiling of 5,500 m / 18,000 ft. In a typical configuration, the CAMCOPTER S-100 carries a 34-kg / 75-lbs payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or JP-5 heavy fuel. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. In addition to its standard GPS waypoint or manual navigation, the S-100 can successfully operate in environments where GPS is not available, with missions planned and controlled via a simple point-and click graphical user interface.