2008-10-13 - Camcopter Test NavyCamcopter tested by German Navy
Marine untersucht Camcopter UAV<br /> The Camcopter S-100 has recently completed its toughest test to date, three weeks of demanding flights in the Baltic Sea onboard the new K130 Class Corvettes of the German Navy. The German Forces have, as do other NATO nations, a recognised capability gap for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms that in particular could be filled by unmanned aerial systems.
As part of the German Navy's strategy to fill this gap in the maritime environment and use Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (UAS) in their future Force Mix, the German MoD decided to conduct integration trials of the Camcopter S-100 onboard the new K130 Class Corvettes of the German Navy. In particular, these trials were to substantiate the integration and operation of a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS and to start to formulate the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for employing this UAS.
After a thorough phase of investigation and market research by the German MoD, which took place during 2006 and 2007, the Camcopter S-100 from the Austrian Company Schiebel was chosen as a basis for further work. It has been in service with several countries since 2006 and has previously been proven in the seagoing environment with Indian, Pakistani and Spanish Maritime agencies. Compared to its competitors, it offers the Maritime Forces a proven and reliable system in the harsh environment of operating at sea. It has a Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 200 kg, can carry 50 kg of payloads and, with an operating radius of up to 180 km, provides endurance in excess of 6 hours. Whether the requirement is Force Protection or Force Projection, either in the littoral or beyond sight of land, the Camcopter S-100 is ideally suited.