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DSEI 2021: Thales, Schiebel partner to fill maritime ISTAR requirement

21st September 2021 - 16:50 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Camcopter S-100 in flight. (Photo: Thales)

Thales and Schiebel have already conducted flight trials in the UK of an unmanned ISTAR platform.

Thales and Schiebel have joined forces to serve the growing appetite from navies for UAS-based ISTAR capabilities.

Their system comprises the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS and integrated sensor-suite including the Thales I-Master radar, the Israel Aerospace Industries POP Ultra EO/IR sensor pod and IFF.

The system would give naval vessels the capability to perform persistent aerial surveillance, freeing up larger helicopters for more critical or more complex missions such as engaging potential threats or anti-submarine warfare.

The collaboration responds to emerging requirements for UAS that can find, fix, track and identify surface threats, including fast attack craft or USVs.

Conventional methods can …

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