After Dixmude, it will be the Tonnerre and Mistral that will be equipped with Camcopter S-100 UAV, developed by Austrian company Schiebel.
The French Navy, through Naval Group, has placed an order with Schiebel for two additional UAV systems. This means that four Camcopter S-100s will be deployed on helicopter carriers. This order should make it possible to equip the Tonnerre and Mistral PHA (amphibious helicopter carriers).
This order follows the integration of the drone on the Dixmude PHA, which was finalized in 2019. For the first time, this work has made it possible to connect a rotary wing UAV to the combat system of an amphibious helicopter carrier," explains Schiebel. By integrating UAVs on these ships, the goal is to enhance the French Navy's ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities.
S-100 Camcopter UAV.
Schiebel's UAV, which has many users worldwide, is equipped with EO/IR sensors, enabling it to conduct missions day and night. It can carry a payload of up to 50 kilos and is resistant to saline environments, enabling it to be easily deployed at sea. "The S-100 aboard the Mistral class will be the French Navy's first operational tactical UAV, and represents a fundamental step in the Mercator plan," says LCL Serge, UAV program officer, reporting on the strategic vision of the former French Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Christophe Prazuck, who is now the French Navy's Chief of Staff.