“British Coast Guard To Trial CAMCOPTER VTOL UAV For Unmanned SAR Missions” –Naval News

Bristow’s Sikorsky S-92 SAR helicopter flying alongside a Camcopter VTOL UAV. Bristow picture.

Naval News reports that the British Coast Guard is conducting trials using the Schiebel S-100. (We have talked about this UAV before.)

These systems provide us with an option to keep our Sikorsky S92 helicopter crew at Caernarfon on standby for lifesaving events, while the unmanned aircraft are tasked with providing safety overwatch and monitoring which those manned aircraft would otherwise have been sent to carry out. Bristow began initial testing with Schiebel in 2018, with a view to bringing these UAVs into service during the current UKSAR contract. We are proud to have successfully completed these first missions on behalf of HM Coastguard.”

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