Coastal UAV selections

The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 is one of a number of systems that will be used by the European Maritime Safety Agency.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has selected several more remotely piloted systems to provide maritime surveillance and monitoring around European coasts.

Schiebel will provide a vertical take-of and landing capability from EMSA ships using the Camcopter S-100 equipped with optical and infrared cameras and an optical scanner. A consortium of Nordic Unmanned, UMS Skeldar and Norut Northern Research Institute will provide emissions monitoring using the Skeldar V-200 equipped with a sensor for monitoring sulphur emissions and optical and infrared cameras.

Nordic Unmanned has also been selected to operate Lockheed Martin Indago 2 quadcopters aboard EMSA’s standby pollution response vessels to support oil spill recovery operations and, potentially, surveillance operations from EMSA patrol vessels.

All these systems will complement the long-range, longendurance maritime surveillance capability that will be provided by the Portuguese engineering company CEiiA, whose contract to operate Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol systems for EMSA was previously announced.

Together, all the new unmanned systems are intended to strengthen EMSA’s capabilities in the areas of maritime pollution, emissions monitoring, SAR, isheries protection, antidrug traicking and border surveillance.