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The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is operating the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 for enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea, to be followed by the Finnish Border Guard later this year. The system is being used to gain a better picture of what is happening at sea, particularly useful in this region, where busy shipping lanes and high cargo traffic make maritime safety and security a challenge.

Operational cooperation is possible among all the participating member states which, in addition to Estonia and Finland, also includes Latvia and Sweden. The information collected on board the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is shared simultaneously with these neighbouring countries, thereby helping them to create a common maritime picture and respond in close coordination with each other.

The S-100 executes these tasks equipped with:

  • a TRAKKA TC-300 Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal
  • an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch
  • a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator
  • an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver

Jack Richardson