In May 2017, Andøya Test Center AS and Schiebel  presented the sophisticated Unmanned Air System (UAS) Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 to selected governmental organizations and authorities, such as Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Airforce, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Police Directorate as well as other Norwegian authorities.

Operating from Andøya Air Base, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 was given a series of challenging tasks, and presented itself as a highly valuable asset for coastal patrol tasks. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 proved its capacity for providing essential data such as the high-quality real-time EO/IR footage generated by L3 Wescams MX-10, and tracked vessels and found persons gone overboard.

In a separate exercise the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS convinced the participants with its impressive range clearance capability. Here, an area of around 2 500 km² was scanned for vessels.  Again the CAMCOPTER® S-100 proved to be an impressive instrument in feeding the Range Safety position with clear EO/IR imagery for an enhanced and complete situational awareness.

As Gunnar Jan Olsen, ATCs CEO, noted, It was a pleasure to finally see the S-100 flying in Norway. Due to the great feedback of the representatives of the local authorities present during these two demo days, I am confident that this will not be the last time we see Schiebel around here.

Schiebels CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is an operationally proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It operates in day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, over land and sea. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 ft. In a typical configuration, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 carries a 75 lbs/34 kg 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.