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2020-04-01

Schiebel Completes Tests for Australian Navy

Schiebel recently completed acceptance tests of its new heavy fuel S2 engine for the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). 
 
Building on 12 years of experience developing engines for the CAMCOPTER S-100 system and the lessons learnt from operations worldwide, Schiebel has engineered a new proprietary heavy fuel engine, the S2. Delivered as a next generation replacement for the current propulsion unit, the S2 increases the overall capability of the system. 
 
The enhancements offered by the engine will enable the RAN to continue to expand their test and evaluation programme, examining advanced Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS capabilities ahead of the Sea 129 Phase 5 Programme. This programme will select the future UAS capability for the RAN´s new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as well as other ships. 
 
A series of test flight activities demonstrated both the endurance, and Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW), with multiple payloads, providing the evidence that the CAMCOPTER S-100 fulfils the requirements of the RAN. 
 
Throughout the tests, the CAMCOPTER S-100 system was equipped with a L3 Harris Wescam MX-10 real-time Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera, an Automatic Identification System (AIS), a L3 Harris Bandit transceiver and a Mode-S Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) transponder.

This configuration provides operators with the capability to locate and confirm the identity of vessels at sea, as well as transmitting information in real time. 
 

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