• Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 Wins Italian Navy Contract


    11 February 2014

    VIENNA —The Italian Navy has  selected the CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) to provide support for  its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use,  Schiebel announced in a Feb. 11 release.

    The CAMCOPTER S-100 has  already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to  fly from an Italian ship, the ITS Bersagliere,  a Soldati-class frigate, in April 2012. Being the UAS of choice, the unmanned  helicopter will provide its increased operational ability to Italian Navy commanders  once again. The signed contract includes a system, training, integration and  spare parts.   With minimal physical,  logistics and manpower footprint, the S-100 is especially effective at sea. The  system will provide unique degrees of flexibility, versatility and persistence  on board of Italian Navy ships employed in anti-piracy missions.

    Mounted with a Wescam MX-10 and a Shine Micro  Automatic Identification System, the CAMCOPTER S-100 has the capability to  collect time-critical data during uninterrupted periods of up to six hours, and  can hover, which provides decision makers with a flexible unique means of  collecting and disseminating information. Additionally, the S-100 will be  mounted with a Schiebel-designed harpoon system, which supports takeoff and  landing in conditions up to Sea State 5.  More…

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