The Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) by Austria’s Schiebel (Hall 4 A40) has proved its efficient maritime capability repeatedly since the Gowind class L’Adroit offshore patrol vessel was made available to the French Navy in 2011. Schiebel, learning from the experience, says it is now working with sensor manufacturers to integrate maritime radar, electronic support measures (ESM) and EO/IR sensors into the S-100 system. This will for the first time provide maritime commanders with an organic, persistent, ISR capability for a UAS in this class.
Built by DCNS, L’Adroit has been designed to operate a UAS in the Indian Ocean and Asia during missions such as piracy, drug trafficking, illegal fishing and illegal immigration, all part of an effort to ensure maritime safety.
The French Defense Procurement Agency purchased an S-100 and qualified its integration aboard L’Adroit as a pilot project. Presently, the French Navy is the only European navy capable of operating a vertical takeoff and landing UAS from a surface ship. More than 120 flight hours and 190 take-offs were conducted since 2012.