Austrian unmanned air vehicle manufacturer Schiebel and Thales UK have joined forces to demonstrate the Camcopter S-100's ability to operate carrying the latter's I-Master dual-mode surveillance radar.
Performed in Wiener Neustadt on 7 February, Schiebel says: "The flights, each lasting several hours, successfully proved both sensor performance and the stability of data transfer between radar operator and the airborne I-Master."
A 30kg (66lb) payload, developed primarily for the British Army's Watchkeeper tactical UAV programme, the I-Master has ground moving target indication (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) operating modes. It can be used as a single payload or carried in combination with an electro-optical/infrared sensor by platforms such as the Watchkeeper.
"The trial provided excellent GMTI and SAR results," says Eddie Awang, Thales UK vice-president of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Collaboration between the companies has previously included using the S-100 to perform firing trials of the Thales lightweight multirole missile.