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Finnish coast guard agency to use Camcopter S-100

6th July 2020 - 09:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Finnish Border and  Coast Guard is to operate the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAS for maritime surveillance, in a service offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) that will also extend to Estonia and Sweden.

The S-100 will execute missions equipped with an L3 Wescam EO/IR camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an AIS receiver.

EMSA awarded the multi-year maritime surveillance contract for a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) RPAS to Schiebel in November 2018.

The Finnish Border and Coast Guard trialled the  Camcopter S-100 in 2019.

The Finnish Army is also exploring options to procure a VTOL UAS platform, as it attempts to improve the situational awareness of its ground troops. Shephard reported in May that the army will conduct the system definition, planning and development phase in 2021-2022, to include concept tests. 

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