CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS Completes Qualification Flights on French Navy’s BPC Dixmude
MONTPELLIER, France — Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS) successfully completed qualification flights for the French Navy, the company said in June 21 release.
The flight trials were performed in late May and early June from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s three Mistral-class amphibious assault ships. The French fleet currently is undergoing a modernization process within which Schiebel participates in flight trials to confirm the Ship Helicopter Operating Limits and to qualify the CAMCOPTER S-100’s integration onto the BPC.
During the flight demonstrations in the Western Mediterranean, the CAMCOPTER S-100 conducted around 30 takeoffs and landings within a total of 15 flight hours during day and night. An L3 Wescam MX-10 was used to transmit daylight and infrared data. Throughout the trials the system was operated independently by the French Navy crew.