Navy Oddity #4 - Camcopter S-100 UAV

by Steve Mackenzie


Camcopter S-100 UAV. These are intelligence UAVs equipped with high quality cameras. Operated by RAN 882X Squadron.jpg

The RAN has acquired several of the heavy fuel version of Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 UAV and setup a new unit designated 882X Squadron in 2018/9 to operate them. AS per the photos below they have been seen in both a White and a Black Colour scheme (I'm not sure which is to be the final operational scheme).

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Design and development

Produced by the Austrian company Schiebel, Camcopter S-100 UAV was developed from 2003 to 2005. With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 200 kilograms (440 lb), its endurance is 6 hours (extendable to over 10 hours with optional external AVGAS fuel tanks fitted). It has a maximum speed of 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph) and a ceiling of 5,500 metres (18,000 ft). It is powered by a 55 horsepower (41 kW) Diamond engine and can carry various payloads, such as electro-optics and infrared sensors.

On 12 March 2012 Schiebel announced that it successfully tested a company-developed heavy-fuel engine interchangeable with the standard Diamond engine. This heavy-fuel engine allows for the use of JP-5, Jet A-1 or JP-8 jet fuels. These fuels, which are standard on marine vessels, are safer to store and handle than gasoline.[Above background info from the Schiebel website]

The Model

The Czech company BRENGUN has released a 1/72 resin model of the Camcopter S-100. I have attached here a German review of the kit. As we can see it includes decals etc for 5 different operator's including the RAN. Note however they neglected to give 'handed' roundels for our version. The kit looks a bit rough for Brengun but does have the advantage of a fairly large sheet of etched metal details).

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