Naval Group, on behalf of the French Navy, has accepted a further two CAMCOPTER® S-100 unmanned helicopters for operational use.
The four Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) by Schiebel Group, will be deployed on the Mistral-class amphibious helicopter carriers Tonnerre and Mistral (Porte- Hélicoptères Amphibie – PHA). The two unmanned systems passed acceptance tests undertaken in the last week of October with representatives of Naval Group and the French Navy in attendance.
Porte Hélicoptère Amphibie Maintenance Architect at Naval Group, Philippe V., said: “We participated in the successful factory acceptance test, which was an important milestone for this acquisition, prior to the global integration onboard conducted by Naval Group.”
The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was initially successful installed on the French Navy Mistral-class vessel Dixmude, which was finalised in 2019. This was the first time in Europe, that a rotary wing UAS had been connected to the combat system of an amphibious helicopter carrier.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “After the successful integration on the Dixmude, we are very proud of the confidence the French Navy has in the proven and reliable CAMCOPTER® S-100 and we are looking forward to the integration on the Tonnerre and Mistral and their operational deployment.”
The newly acquired CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS will be integrated on the French Navy’s vessels Tonnerre and Mistral over the next few months. Their introduction significantly enhances the helicopter carrier’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
The CAMCOPTER® S-100 VTOL UAS operates day and night and can carry multiple payloads up to a combined weight of 50 kg. Due to its minimal footprint, reliability and airworthiness pedigree, it is ideally suited for maritime operations around the globe.
LCDR Serge D., UAS program officer, French Navy: “The S-100 on Mistral-class will be the first operational tactical UAS for the French Navy and this is a major step towards the Mercator plan.”