The Camcopter S-100 has successfully completed heavy fuel engine acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). For this task Schiebel has engineered a new proprietary heavy fuel engine, the S2. Delivered as a next generation replacement for the current propulsion unit, the S2 further increases the overall capability of the system.
The new lightweight heavy fuel engine is initially cleared for JP-5 (F-44) and Jet-A1 fuels with other fuel types to be approved in future. Of significant note, this new engine increases the operational performance and maintainability of the S-100 and has sufficient capacity to meet anticipated future market growth needs. A comprehensive series of test flight activities demonstrated both the endurance, and Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) – with multiple payloads – providing the evidence and assurance that the Camcopter S-100 fulfils the requirements of the RAN.
“Given the single fuel policy adopted by the world’s Navies, we have responded to the requirement and have now developed, tested and produced our own Schiebel-designed heavy fuel engine for the Camcopter S-100 system,” said Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. “We are thrilled to have successfully completed the acceptance activities of the new capability for the Royal Australian Navy.”
The enhancements offered by the S2 engine will enable the Royal Australian Navy to continue to expand their test and evaluation programme, examining advanced Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS capabilities ahead of the Sea 129 Phase 5 Programme. This programme will select the future UAS capability for the RAN´s new ARAFURA Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as well as other ships.