The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 is an Austrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using a rotorcraft design.
Design and Development
Produced by the Austrian company Schiebel, it was developed from 2003 to 2005. With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 200 kilograms (440 lb), its endurance is 6 hours. It has a maximum speed of 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph) and a ceiling of 5,500 metres (18,000 ft). It is powered by a 55 horsepower (41 kW) Diamond engine and can carry various payloads, such as electro-optics and infrared sensors.
On 12 March 2012 Schiebel announced that it successfully tested a company-developed heavy-fuel engine interchangeable with the standard Diamond engine. This heavy-fuel engine allows for the use of JP-5, Jet A-1 or JP-8 jet fuels. These fuels, which are standard on marine vessels, are safer to store and handle than gasoline.
On 7 February 2013, Schiebel has successfully completed flight testing of the Thales-built I-Master radar system onboard a Camcopter S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS), at its test facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
I-Master is a high-performance radar, providing Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capability for all-weather surveillance, detection and recognition of targets over large areas at long stand-off ranges.
The launch customer for the S-100 was the UAE Army, which ordered 40 aircraft with an option for 40 more. The aircraft was ordered by three more undisclosed nations, with total orders reaching 200.
The Pakistan Navy tested the Camcopter S-100 from one of its ships in the Arabian Sea, followed by the French Navy on October 9–10, 2008, while the frigate Montcalm (D642) was in motion.
The German Navy completed three weeks of test flights of the S-100 aboard the Braunschweig-class corvettes Braunschweig and Magdeburg during August and September 2008. German company Diehl is tasked with introducing the UAV to the German armed forces.
Libya ordered four Camcopters in 2009, which were placed under command of the Khamis Brigade.
Jordan ordered two S-100s with L-3 Wescam MX-10 EO-IR payloads in July 2010 and accepted delivery in February 2011.
In November 2011 the Camcopter demonstrated flights from the French Gowind-class corvette patrol vessel L’Adroit. At the same time, the Gorizont (Horizon) Air S-100, a Russian license-built version of the UAV was successfully tested aboard the Coast Guard patrol cutter Rubin. Russia intends to equip all Rubin-class patrol boats with these UAVs.
In 2010 the Chinese Navy purchased 18 of these systems. Two years later, in May 2012, an unmanned UAV believed to be a Camcopter S-100 was photographed operating from the fantail of a Chinese Type 054A frigate by the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.
The Royal Australian Navy plans to test a Schiebel helicopter drone in June 2013.
Powerplant: 1 × Austro AE50R Wankel rotary engine, 41 kW (55 hp) (basic)
Powerplant: 1 × Schiebel heavy fuel engine (optional)
Armament: Hardpoints: 2
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