Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS has been selected to support the Finnish authorities in the conduct of Coast Guard missions, to include search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security, vessel traffic, environmental protection and response, ship casualty assistance, as well as accident and disaster response, the company announced on 7 July.
The Finnish Border Guard will operate the CAMCOPTER S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes, using the UAS system offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), which will also be extended to Estonia and Sweden. The UAS will execute these tasks equipped with an L3 Wescam EO/IR camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 OCEANWATCH, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
EMSA awarded the multi-year maritime surveillance contract for a VTOL UAS to Schiebel in November 2018, under which Schiebel provides simultaneous maritime surveillance services to several EU member states and EU bodies. Currently, the S-100 is also operational in the Republic of Croatia.
“The S-100 has extensive experience in the maritime domain. It is the UAS of choice when it comes to sophisticated maritime surveillance,” commented Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.