Romania’s Border Police is operating Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes, the company announced on 8 April. The service is being delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Bulgaria.
Based at Mangalia, the UAS supports the Romanian authorities in carrying out general Coast Guard functions, conducting day-to-day monitoring and surveillance of all shipping, including port security, as well as responding to any search and rescue, accident and disaster needs. The S-100 executes 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.
Operations in Romania and Bulgaria are part of the EMSA-awarded multi-year maritime surveillance contract for a VTOL UAS, awarded to Schiebel in November 2018. The company provides simultaneous maritime surveillance services to several EU member states and EU bodies. Most recently, the CAMCOPTER S-100 has been operational in France, Denmark, Finland and Croatia.