Schiebel Corporation and Thales have been awarded the Unscrewed Air Systems (UAS) contract ‘Peregrine’ by the UK Ministry of Defence. The contract award will deliver the company’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, fitted with a naval surveillance sensor suit, to provide comprehensive maritime capability protecting Royal Navy ships on operational tasks.
Schiebel, along with system integrator Thales, will provide the S-100 with a range of high precision intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and systems. The Thales I-Master radar, an EO/IR camera, and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) all fused with the CarteNav’s AIMS Mission System enables all-weather detection and identification capability of unknown targets.
The S-100 also comes with a rapid launch ability, superior mission endurance and high quality sensors combine to find, track and identify targets providing additional protection for the ship and its crew. High-definition imagery and radar data downloaded to the system operator and transmitted in real time into the ship’s Combat Management System (CMS) will provide the crew with the time to prepare and enact operational decisions.
“We are immensely proud that the CAMCOPTER S-100 is the UK Ministry of Defence’s choice for its prestigious Peregrine programme. The S-100 is the optimal UAS for a growing number of Navies worldwide and has proven its superiority and outstanding capabilities throughout its numerous operational deployments,” said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.
Recently, Schiebel, with Thales and sponsored by the UK Royal Navy participated in Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping using Maritime Unscrewed Systems (REPMUS); demonstrating the CAMCOPTER and its capabilities.
The demonstrations of the S-100 were part of a larger annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) exercise showcasing Unmanned Systems and how the latest technological advancements can be incorporated into the platforms for real-world operational benefit.
“It was an honour to participate in this year’s NATO’s exercise in Portugal. Together with Thales and the UK Royal Navy, we successfully completed numerous flight trials of the S-100, showcasing a variety of impressive capabilities. I am very proud to be able to state that with several hundred thousand flight hours under its belt, the CAMCOPTER S-100 is the only established and operationally proven UAV of its class,” added Hans Georg Schiebel.