3.3.2020

Bristow and Schiebel carry out British first unmanned search and rescue aircraft trial

Bristow and Schiebel carry out British first unmanned search and rescue aircraft trial – link

Source: Army Recognition

Article Headlines

  • International aviation leader Bristow is carrying out the UK’s first trial of UAVs for lifesaving operations in maritime and land environments, in partnership with Schiebel Group
  • Bristow is the provider of the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Service
  • Bristow is operating the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 system from Caernarfon Airport in Wales, to fully evaluate its capabilities in a search and rescue role
  • The trial is being led by Bristow and is complementary to the work being carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to develop the regulation under which UAVs can operate in a range of scenarios
  • Caernarfon offers a dynamic operational area, including mountainous and maritime environments, making it an ideal location to incorporate the unmanned aircraft technology into a complex airspace environment

Overview & Comments

  • Elbit Systems UK has also been selected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct maritime demonstration flights – See “Elbit Systems to conduct aritime patrol in the UK” 
  • Schiebel had a busy 2019 – Part of their impressive record this year include:
  • Winning Norway’s tender for UAS deployment in the Arctic
  • A contract to supply the S-100 to Thailand’s Navy
  • Extension of contract with EMSA for coast guard services in Croatia
  • Selected as part of Belgium’s MCMM project
  • Demonstrations were conducted in Rivers State Nigeria to a large European oil & gas corporation
  • In Finland a five-day trial was conducted to the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard
  • In France Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement agency has qualified the integration of the S-100 on board the French Navy’s Mistral-class amphibious assault (LHD) ship Dixmude

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