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Both Schiebel and UMS Skeldar (a joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero Group), market leaders in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), were awarded contracts by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS was selected for the coveted maritime surveillance service provision contract, based on its service record in the maritime domain, as well as its proven maritime surveillance expertise. In fulfillment of this contract, the company will be able to provide simultaneous maritime surveillance services at several sites. The S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) will be equipped with an L3 Wescam MX-10 Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal and an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 OceanWatch payload, as well as an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.

UMS Skeldar's SKELDAR V-200 rotary UAV, powered by Hirth Engines, was selected to fulfil an EMSA framework contract valued at €14 million for 2-4 years for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) VTOL Services for Emissions Monitoring and Maritime Surveillance on an emergency basis. This announcement follows a range of task-specific demonstrations by the company, UAV specialist operator Nordic Unmanned and Norut Northern Research Institute, and the award of contracts to support enforcement of EU Directives and other important coastal and maritime tasks. Two SKELDAR V-200 systems will be provided to Nordic Unmanned, which will then provide UAV based services together with UMS SKELDAR and Norut via EMSA to users of the EU member states.

 

UMS Skeldar's SKELDAR V-200 rotary UAV, powered by Hirth Engines CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS Schiebel and UMS Skeldar (a joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero Group), market leaders in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), were awarded contracts by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

In areas of dense maritime traffic, ship-generated emissions can be substantial including sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter (PM), all released into the atmosphere. These are harmful both to the local population and the environment. In the EU, SOx emissions from ships are regulated by Directive (EU) 2016/802, known as the Sulphur Directive. Monitoring the emissions from a ship’s smokestack by UAVs supports the enforcement of the Directive with information provided being shared among the relevant authorities via the EMSA operated THETIS platform. As the emissions monitoring operations are foreseen as multipurpose, the UAVs could also be used on an emergency basis for a wide range of other ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) services that could potentially include border control, search and rescue, pollution monitoring, detection of illegal fishing and drug/people traffic surveillance. Seen here is the SKELDAR V-200 on the left and the CAMCOPTER S-100 on the right. (Photos via respective companies)

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