The Finnish Border Guard is once again operating the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), implementing Coast Guard functions in the Baltic Sea. The operations will continue until end of July.
This is the third deployment for the Finnish Border Guard, after a trial in 2019.
The deployment comes on top of two other operations for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) currently being carried out in Estonia and Romania conducting maritime surveillance.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “Another great example of enhanced maritime surveillance and information sharing capabilities of our CAMCOPTER S-100. Since contract begin, we have conducted operations all over Europe and are proud to play such an important role in EMSA’s services for its member states.”
Based at a coast guard station in Hanko, Finland, the CAMCOPTER S-100 is supporting the Finnish authorities in carrying out Coast Guard functions, such as maritime border surveillance, search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security, vessel traffic monitoring, environmental protection and response, ship casualty assistance, as well as accident and disaster response.
The S-100 will execute these tasks equipped with an L3 Wescam Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
The information collected in the Baltic Sea from the on-board RPAS system is shared in parallel with multiple Member States, allowing for a common maritime picture and more comprehensive coordination.
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