Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS (unmanned aerial system) has been selected by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) as the maritime surveillance platform for the Finnish Border Guard. This Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service will also be offered by the EMSA to Estonia and Sweden.
The CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned helicopter will support the Finnish authorities in executing missions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security, vessel traffic, environmental protection and response, ship casualty assistance, and accident and disaster response. Payloads carried by the UAV include an L3 Wescam Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
EMSA selected the CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS as its platform of choice to fulfil the need for a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) RPAS, awarding a multi-year maritime surveillance contract to Schiebel. The company provides simultaneous services to several EU member states and EU bodies, and is currently operational in the Republic of Croatia supporting the Maritime Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, commented: “The S-100 has extensive experience in the maritime domain. It is the UAS of choice when it comes to sophisticated maritime surveillance. We’re proud to be EMSA’s chosen RPAS providing vital surveillance services to its member states.”