(Vienna, July 11, 2008) -- Schiebel Elektronische Geraete GmbH and SELEX Galileo are delighted to announce the first flight of a PicoSAR radar-equipped CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 UAV. This adds a compact radar capability to the successful CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 UAV, giving it an all weather, long range ground mapping and moving target indication capability.
After a week of installation and integration activities, PicoSAR flew successfully on the 30th June near the Schiebel production facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The trial focused on the Synthetic Aperture Radar capability of the PicoSAR and enabled the mapping of the surrounding area. The CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 operated at altitudes up to 3,000ft and PicoSAR was controlled via the datalink from the ground with imagery transmitted successfully back to the ground station.
This is a significant achievement and SELEX Galileo is delighted to have made the transition from operating the radar on manned platforms to this leading edge UAV.
"UAVs are here to stay", said Steve Marlow, Vice President Surveillance Radar, SELEX Galileo "and adding sensors like PicoSAR will vastly increase their utility. We are really pleased to have achieved this significant milestone in the PicoSAR's development with Schiebel, as the CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 is clearly a leader in this class of Tactical UAVs".
"The PicoSAR is a radically different sensor, bringing the benefits of E-Scan radar to UAVs like ours." said Hans Schiebel, Managing Director, Schiebel, "The CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 is generating a great deal of interest around the world, and we see the addition of this long range, wide area, all weather surveillance capability as a real discriminator, particularly as its size and weight enables the installation and operation of an EO/IR system at the same time. The CAMCOPTER(r) S-100 is a 21st Century platform, and successfully bringing it together with the 21st Century PicoSAR sensor capability will deliver real advantage to our customers."
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