By Naomi Szeben
The Romanian Border Police operates the CAMCOPTER S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. This Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Bulgaria.
The CAMCOPTER S-100 supports the Romanian authorities in Mangalia by carrying out general Coast Guard functions, such as conducting day-to-day monitoring and surveillance of all shipping including port security, as well as search and rescue, accident and disaster needs. The S-100 executes 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.
Schiebel won the EMSA multi-year maritime surveillance contract for Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) RPAS in November 2018.
In the execution of this contract, Schiebel provides simultaneous maritime surveillance services to several EU member states and EU bodies. Most recently, the CAMCOPTER S-100 was operational in France, Denmark, Finland and Croatia.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said in a statement: “Once more, we are supporting local authorities with our ‘eye in the sky’. The CAMCOPTER S-100 has proven its outstanding capabilities numerous times and we are proud to be working with EMSA on supporting EU member states with these vital tasks.”