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Australia clears heavy fuel variant of S-100 UAV for shipborne evaluations

An S-100 UAV, seen here in the Royal Australian Navy livery.Photo by: Schiebel
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed a series of verifications to validate the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotor-winged unmanned aerial system’s (UAS’) suitability for further shipborne evaluations.
The verifications have been done in pursuit of Australia’s Navy Minor Project (NMP) 1942 programme, which seeks to equip the RAN with an interim shipborne vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS capability.
As revealed to Jane’s at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney, the RAN currently operates a single aviation gasoline-powered S-100 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is being deployed by Navy UAS Unit (NUU) at HMAS Albatross for initial evaluation purposes.