Schiebel's S-100 Heavy Fuel Engine Completes Australian Navy's Acceptance Tests

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Heavy Fuel Engine Completes Australian Navy’s Acceptance Tests – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines

  • Schiebel has announced the completion of the acceptance tests of their Heavy fuel S2 engine designed for the Royal Australian Navy’s
  • “Delivered as a next generation replacement for the current propulsion unit, the S2 further increases the overall capability of the system,” the company said in a statement Monday
  • “The enhancements offered by the S2 engine will enable the RAN to continue to expand their test and evaluation program, examining advanced Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS capabilities ahead of the Sea 129 Phase 5 Program
  • The new lightweight heavy fuel engine is initially cleared for JP-5 (F-44) and Jet-A1 fuels with other fuel types to be approved in future

Overview & Comments

  • Signed in December 2016 the initial contract of two UAVs comprised of a three-year follow-on contractor logistic support as an in
  • The system’s main role was to fulfill as an interim system for maritime VTOL capable evaluation in preparation for the Sea-129 program
  • In September 2018 Schiebel has founded Schiebel Pacific Pty Ltd (SPL) in Australia to provide the Pacific region with a permanent and comprehensive program, logistics and sales hub
  • In March 2018 it was reported that a first test of a heavy fuel variant was tested
  • In the land domain, towards the end of 2018, the Australian Army conducted a two-week activity with the S-100 UAS to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3. Specifically, they tested ELTA Systems’ state-of-the-art ELK-7065 Compact Airborne HF COMINT/DF 3D System during the first week, followed by Overwatch Imaging’s game-changing TK-5 Firewatch during the second week of the exercise
  • Between the potential in the Sea 129 program for the RAN and the Land 129 for the Australian Army there is no doubt that Schiebel is all in with its vast efforts in the country as Australia is a strategic market for such systems

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