2.4.2020

Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna

Schiebel enhances S-100 UAS control with mobile antenna – link

Source: Jane’s

Article Headlines

  • Schiebel has introduced a new mobile antenna system to its Camcopter S-100 UAS, expanding the line-of-sight (LOS) connectivity between the company’s existing antennas and the UAS
  • The mobile antenna is derived from a Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (SMAG) mast and is designed to support the company’s existing antennas, which have ranges of up to 200 km, boosting its operational flexibility
  • Jane’s understands from a company spokesperson that the system is called the SMAG 25 – which denotes its ability to extend up to 25 m in height – and enables users to “establish a [LOS] even when high obstacles, like trees, are in the way”
  • The SMAG 25 is mounted on a two-wheeled trailer designed for rapidly establishing a wide range of connections noting that it is suitable for use with parabolic and other types of antenna
  • Additionally, the company noted that the mobile antenna offers a high degree of mobility and can navigate through difficult terrain to support operations in austere environments

Overview & Comments

  • From testing a heavy fuel engine in Australia, carrying out search & rescue trials in the UK and signing a $64 million contract in the UAE, Schiebel had a busy first quarter in 2020
  • In 2019 part of the company’s impressive record included:
  • 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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