Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are being developed for marine applications particularly for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platforms. The German Navy recently conducted integration trials of Schiebel’s vertical take-off, vertical landing unmanned air vehicle ‘Camcopter S-100′ onboard their latest K130 Class Corvettes. Camcopter S-100 is designed for a Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 200 kg, to carry 50 kg of payloads in an operating radius of up to 180 km with an endurance in excess of 6 hours.
The German Navy conducted sea trials [most probably onboard FGS Braunschweig (F260)] for three weeks during the summer of 2008 in the Baltic Sea. Some of the interesting features of Camcopter S-100′s sea trials are:
- maximum take-off weight (MTOW) tested was 190 kg.
- more than 130 take-offs were carried out during a total flight time of 20 hours.
- tested in wind speeds over the flight deck up to 40 knots.
- tried out on wet deck with roll angles of more than plus or minus 15°.
The photographs shown are from Schiebel and you can view more photographs of Camcopter S-100 at Schiebel.
Here is an interesting video clip of Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100.
Read more regarding sea trials of Camcopter S-100 from Schiebel Press (pdf doc).
Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:
Update: June 20, 2009
Camcopter S-100 was on display at Paris Air Show. View a video clip from Reuters: Unmanned aircraft steal Paris show
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