Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs maritime surveillance for EMSA
By Naomi Szeben
The CAMCOPTER S-100 is currently supporting the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), followed by the Finnish Border Guard later this year, to carry out enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea.
The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The RPAS helps gain a better picture of what is happening at sea, particularly useful in Estonia and Finland, where busy shipping lanes and high cargo traffic make maritime safety and security a challenge.
Operational cooperation from participating member states also includes Latvia and Sweden. The information collected on board the CAMCOPTER S-100 is shared simultaneously with these neighbouring countries, thereby helping them to create a common maritime picture and respond in close coordination with each other.
The S-100 executes these tasks equipped with a TRAKKA TC-300 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.