, under contract to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), is providing ship emission monitoring for the German Federal Police and Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency using the proven CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS).

Embarked on board the patrol vessel “Bamberg”, the S-100 is being employed, day and night, to monitor commercial ship emissions within the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea. In addition, the UAS will support a variety of other maritime surveillance tasks, such as vessel traffic monitoring, maritime law enforcement patrols in German territorial waters, environmental protection and when called upon, supporting Search and Rescue (SAR) missions.

In its primary task of measuring ships’ sulphur emissions in the busy shipping lanes, the S-100 is able to check compliance with the EU rules governing the sulphur content of marine fuels, in real time. Measurements are transmitted whilst airborne through to the EMSA RPAS Data Centre and then on to the relevant authorities.

Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “By measuring the sulphur emissions and gathering data of ships that do not adhere to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) environmental regulations, we are playing a vital role in helping to ensure the sustainability of our ecosystem. We are proud that the S-100 UAS is proving to be a valuable asset in this endeavour.”

Founded in 1951 in Vienna, the globally operating Schiebel Group focuses on the development, design and production of the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Certified to meet AS/EN 9100 standards, Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing high-tech military, commercial and humanitarian products, which are backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. Schiebel has facilities in Vienna and Wiener Neustadt (Austria), Manassas, VA (USA), Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Shoalhaven (Australia).

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  1. Well it wasn’t actually the RAN that canned it.
    It was canned as part of the DSR. Another needed capability gone in favour of giving money to the US in exchange for potentially nothing.
    Particularly galling given all the work that had gone into proving their worth

  2. This is an interesting one.

    I thought the S 100 was a given with talk last year of an intended purchase of around 40 units.
    The RAN have been trialling this platform for some years now.
    It has sold well internationally and the unmanned space is certainly recognised as being apart of defence aviation going forward.
    Seemed a good fit and was intended for the Arafura Class and other major fleet units.
    Wrong product.
    Seeking an alternative
    Run out of money.
    Something else.

    Some feed back would be appreciated.

    Cheers CRS

  3. The S100 CamCopter is an absolute necessity for the RAN Small Ships other wise their efficiency and usefulness is seriously compromised ( not that their armaments don’t do that ) cancelling them is ludicrous. There is so much we haven’t been told about the DSR, I wonder what other little surprises are in store for the ADF. To be perfectly honest we all should hav seen what was coming when Stephen Smith ( the architect of the last emasculation of the ADF ) and Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston were appointed to run it. The whole thing is a disaster the only people benefiting for it is U.S. Industry.

  4. I’ve been trying to find any references of the S-100 contract being cancelled or even placed on hold. Can anybody shed some light on the issue.


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