Courtesy of Schiebel

S-100 Camcopter


Recently celebrating the tenth anniversary of its first deployment, Shiebel’s S-100 Camcopter is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is fully marinised for optimal use at sea and boasts the capacity to transmit imagery in real time from high definition payload sensors.

Anywhere, anytime: The UAV is ideal for small ships, with the capacity to perform vertical takeoff and landing on a ship’s helicopter desk even in severe weather conditions, from the tropics to icier winter conditions.

User-friendly: The S-100 Camcopter can either be operated by a pilot using a point-and-click GPS interface or it can be pre-programmed to complete an entire mission automatically without an operator, making it ideal for smaller surveillance teams with less capacity to personally guide every mission.

Tried and true: The S-100 Camcopter has been on the front lines of facing some of the greatest emerging security challenges on our seas in the last ten years, including a deployment with the French Navy in the EU’s NAVFOR anti-piracy operation in the Arabian Sea as well as with the Italian Navy’s Mare Nostrum operation to provide search and rescue for refugees crossing the Mediterranean.

A Work of Art: This UAV landed itself a spot in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.


Altitude: 18,000 ft.
Length: 3110 mm
Height: 1120 mm
Weight: 2.9 kg
Maximum speed: 240 km/h
Endurance: 6 h with 34 kg payload. Optional external fuel tank extends to 10 h.

Operated by France, Russia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, among others.
  • Company: Schiebel

  • Type: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

  • Direct Cost: $400,000 for the UAV alone.

  • Indirect Cost: Fuel system, control station, payload, ground equipment and container for transportation and operation.

  • Link: Product Website

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