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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