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Royal Thai Navy Buys Two Additional S-100 UAV Systems

Yulian Ardiansyah - : Sep 21, 2021 - : 10:42 am

Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will procure two Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAV systems for THB556 million (US$16.66 million).

The purchase will increase the strength of the RTN’s S-100 systems to four after the previous procurement of two S-100 systems in 2019 that are currently in active service.

Since each of the S-100 Camcopter UAV systems in the RTN service consists of three aircraft, the RTN will have 12 individual S-100 Camcopter aircraft. It is expected that two S-100 Camcopter systems in the current procurement program will be delivered sometime next year.

The RTN will also allocate the additional S-100 systems to the Naval Air Division’s 104 squadron as the current operator of the UAV. Based in U-Tapao RTN airbase, the squadron formerly operated 18 A-7 Corsair II attack aircraft until they were retired in 2007.

The S-100 Camcopter UAV is manufactured by Schiebel, an Austrian company specializing in mine detector and helicopter UAV technology. With a dimension of 3.11 meters long, 1.24 meters wide, and 1.12 meters high, the S-100 Camcopter has an empty weight of 110 kilograms with a maximum take-off weight of 200 kilograms. Powered with a 41 kW, 55 HP Wankel rotary engine driving a 3.4 meters main rotor in its basic configuration, the S-100 has a service ceiling of 5,500 meters, a maximum speed of 220 km/h, a maximum range of about 180 km, and 6-hours endurance. Aside from a range of cameras and other detection sensors, the S-100 can also be equipped with two external hardpoints to carry two Martlet lightweight multirole missiles.

The S-100 Camcopter UAV has been exported to more than 21 countries. In the ASEAN region, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Indonesia are also operating the system.


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