The future of Navy maritime tactical unmanned air systems

April 8, 2017 – Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953. This started with the jet-powered Jindivik pilotless aircraft being used as a target, then for target towing before retirement in 1998. Sea Sparrow missiles were tested by firing at Kalkara aircraft, the Jindivik’s successor. Navy now has a different generation of remotely piloted aircraft in mind with fixed…

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Navy develops tactical unmanned aircraft capability

 February 13, 2017 – The next phase of introducing an unmanned aircraft system capability to the Royal Australian Navy has progressed. Contracts have been signed with Austrian company, Schiebel Aircraft GmbH, to deliver Navy Minor Project 1942. The maritime rotary wing unmanned aircraft system is being acquired to support trials and evaluation activities for at least the next three years. The contract comprises two S100 Camcopter air-vehicles with mission control systems, as well as engineering, logistics and operational support. The Navy is rapidly developing an enduring unmanned aircraft system capability that will improve…

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CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS wins contract with Royal Australian Navy

February 6, 2017 – The Royal Australian Navy awarded to Schiebel a contract for the supply of its CAMCOPTER® S-100 System and three years of follow-on Contractor Logistics Support. The Royal Australian Navy released an international Request for Tender (RfT) in late February 2016 for a UAS capability. Schiebel was very pleased to be able to submit a comprehensive proposal to deliver the latest version of its highly successful CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. After thorough proposal evaluation and completing negotiations, the contract was signed at the end of December 2016. Hans…

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