Schiebel Camcopter S-100. (Schiebel)
Beginning this summer, Croatia’s maritime safety directorate will deploy an unmanned Schiebel Camcopter S-100 for Coast Guard functions, according to a mobilization request the country sent to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
The unmanned, remotely-piloted S-100 rotorcraft will assist the government of Croatia with activities including search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security, vessel traffic, environmental protection and response, ship casualty assistance and accident and disaster response.
The S-100 will be equipped with an L3 Wescam electro-optical/infrared camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch payload and an automatic identification system (AIS) receiver.
EMSA awarded a multi-year surveillance contract for a vertical takeoff and landing, remotely-piloted aircraft system to Schiebel in November 2018, through which Schiebel provides maritime surveillances to numerous EU bodies and member states.
“The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is the perfect Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAS to perform these Coast Guard functions,” notes Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. “Backed by an impressive service record in the maritime domain, the S-100 has established itself as the best choice whenever sophisticated maritime surveillance is required.”
The S-100 is widely used by military and government bodies around the world, primarily navies, coast guards and armies.