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Italian Navy Evaluates Camcopter UAV

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The Camcopter Remotely Piloted Aircraft

(Source: Italian navy; issued May 29, 2014)

(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

The Camcopter S-100 remotely-piloted aircraft photographed in Italian navy livery during its tactical evaluation aboard the San Giusto amphibious warfare ship. (Italian navy photo)

The technical evaluation campaign of the Camcompter S-100 Remotely-Piloted Aircraft (RPA), produced by the Scheibel company, has begun aboard the ship San Giusto.

Camcompter is a drone rotorcraft leased by the Navy to meet the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) needs of ships at sea, both in purely military missions and for civilian activities such as SAR (Search And Rescue) or assistance in case of natural disasters, in line with the dual use structure of the Armed Forces.

The complete Camcopter system consists of two aircraft, a piloting unit, a control station and various antennas.

The sensors aboard the aircraft are a turret-mounted electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor which, in real time, extends the ship’s ability to see beyond the range limitations of its own sensors, both at sea and on the ground, and allowing them to perform their assigned duties.

The ship San Giusto is the first Italian navy vessel to employ the Camcopter S-100 leased to the Armed Forces. It has embarked on a week-long evaluation cruise with technical staff seconded by Schiebel and two pilots from the navy’s 4th Helicopter Group, under the supervision of staff from the Centro Sperimentazione Aeromarittimo (Center for air-land evaluations, or CSA) based at Luni.

Trials at sea have so far evaluated the drone’s interoperability with the ship, its ability to take off and land from the ship’s deck; and the ability of the RPA’s sensors. The tests also measured the noise and the radar and optical visibility to determine detection parameters of detection.

The use of the RPA is an important historical moment for Italian naval aviation, which will more effectively meet the operational needs of its ships, broadening their effective horizons as well as offering greater safety, especially when needing to approach potential threats such as the pirate vessels operating on the seas along the trade routes.