The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world’s most capable Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the CAMCOPTER S-100, and the German company Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently.
«Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where we will go in the future. Today we are the world’s leading producer of unmanned helicopters and we plan on further strengthening our position», explains Hans Georg Schiebel, owner of the Vienna-based company.
«The renewal of the teaming agreement is the result of the longstanding cooperation between Diehl Defence and Schiebel. We consider Schiebel a highly competent partner and believe the CAMCOPTER S-100 is the best possible product for all remotely piloted aircraft operations of the German Navy», says Helmut Rauch, member of the Division Board of Diehl Defence.
Schiebel and its partner Diehl Defence represent a strong and complementary team, ideally positioned to meet the demanding requirements of the German customer. Diehl Defence possesses broad know-how in the integration of different defence systems and surveillance equipment into German Navy vessels while Schiebel produces the UAS.
With an impressive track record of supporting maritime customers, the CAMCOPTER S-100 system has meanwhile been successfully proven on over 30 different vessels on all the world’s oceans, demonstrating its outstanding capabilities day and night, in all weather conditions, a proven track record that is unmatched. It is currently deployed with a number of important naval clients in conventional littoral reconnaissance roles; however, the CAMCOPTER S-100 has likewise proven to be hugely successful in the Search and Rescue role. Working with the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in the Mediterranean, around 25 000 migrants have been found and rescued since 2014.
In 2008, Schiebel completed extensive flight trials onboard the German Navy’s K130 Class Corvettes Braunschweig and Magdeburg in the Baltic Sea. The S-100 completed more than 130 takeoffs and landings in a total flight time of just 20 hours, achieving results well in excess of expectations and trial requirements. Since then – amongst others – several developments have since taken place to enhance the UAS further. Especially for naval use with the availability of a new heavy fuel engine.
|Autonomy||fully autonomous take-off, waypoint navigation and landing|
|Navigation||redundant INS and GPS|
|Power plant||50 HP rotary engine|
|Data/video link||fully digital, compressed video (up to four simultaneous feeds)|
|Typical D/L range||27, 54 or 108 NM/31, 62 or 124 miles/50, 100 or 200 km|
|Dash speed||120 knots/138 mph/222 km/h|
|Cruise speed||55 knots/63 mph/102 km/h (for best endurance)|
|Endurance||>6 hours with 75 lbs/34 kg payload plus optional external fuel tank extending endurance to >10 hours|
|Typical payload||110 lbs/50 kg|
|Material Take-Off (MTO) weight||440 lbs/200 kg|
|Empty weight||243 lbs/110 kg|
|Maximum dimensions||Length – 3,110 mm/122.4 inch|
|Height – 1,120 mm/44 inch|
|Width – 1,240 mm/48.8 inch|
|Main rotor diameter||3,400 mm/133.8 inch|