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S-100 UAS helicopter. Schiebel: SaR trials in extreme conditions in the Arctic

On board the coastguard vessel in Norwegian waters

Schiebel, together with Andøya Space Defence,successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the CAMCOPTER S-100 helicopter on board the coastguard vessel "KV Nordkapp" in Norwegian waters.

The purpose of the trials was to demonstrate the embarked Search and Rescue (SAR)and maritime surveillance capabilities of the S-100 in the environmental conditions of the Arctic in latitudes above 75 degrees north.

The week-long trial was made possible through “Arctic 2030”, a Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs programme, which aims to sustain Norwegian interests in the far north.The aim was to demonstrate that Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) ideally supplementmanned helicopters, greatly enhancing SAR efforts in this remote part of the world. The S-100 proved that it can operate in adverse weather conditions,where manned helicopters can be at higher risk.

The 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 by day and by night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km / 108 nm, over land and sea. Its carbon fibre and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 5,500 m / 18,000 ft. In a typical configuration, the S-100 carries a 34-kg / 75-lbs 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.

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