Vienna-based Schiebel Group has bagged its first contract from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for the supply of the Camcopter S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS).
Schiebel was awarded the contract following the completion of an extensive competitive tender process. The RTN will deploy the Camcopter S-100 UAS in 2020 to the Pakphanang District, in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in Thailand.
The RTN will also deploy the VTOL UAS on its frigate fleet to undertake land and sea-based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The RTN will acquire two Camcopter S-100 systems at a cost of 600 million Baht.
The introduction of the VTOL UAS, marks its first such deployment by the RTN for maritime operations. “With the Royal Thai Navy, we have another major maritime contract to add to our growing list of customers. Our Camcopter S-100 is recognised for being a reliable and proven UAS, especially at sea, which is why we outpaced all other UAS suppliers in the competitive tender process,” said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.
Schiebel has partnered with MoraThai Defence Company Limited of Bangkok to deliver the commercial offset aspects of the contract in Thailand. The Camcopter S-100 VTOL UAS has a beyond line of-sight capability out to 200 km / 108 nm, over land and sea. Typical operational configuration for the unmanned type involves 34-kg/75-lbs payload, with which the Camcopter S-100 can stay aloft for up to 10 hours.
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