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PARIS AIR SHOW: One small step for unmanned aircraft, one giant leap for the Paris air show

As the Paris air show marks the dawn of its second century, Germany's Schiebel will perform the aerial display's first-ever flight by an unmanned aircraft.

The timing of the commercially branded Camcopter helicopter, which is designated the S-100 for military roles, has not yet been released.

But the Camcopter's performance at that moment will usher in a new era for the blossoming cadre of unmanned air systems populating - and previously confined - to the show's static display and exhibit halls.

The Camcopter has been operated in a number of countries, including initial customer the United Arab Emirates, since 2005.

Its 50kg (110lb) payload capability was first demonstrated as a humanitarian de-mining platform in the US Army in 1997, although it has since failed to enter the US military's inventory.

Scheibel has also adapted the S-100 for shipborne operations.

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