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The Finnish Border Guard is once again operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for implementing coast guard functions in the Baltic Sea. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Based at a coast guard station in Hanko, Finland, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the Finnish authorities in carrying out Coast Guard functions, such as:

  • maritime border surveillance
  • search and rescue
  • monitoring and surveillance
  • ship and port security
  • vessel traffic monitoring
  • environmental protection and response
  • ship casualty assistance
  • accident and disaster response

The information collected in the Baltic Sea from the on-board RPAS system is shared in parallel with multiple Member States, allowing for a common maritime picture and more comprehensive coordination. The operations will continue until end of July.

The S-100 will execute these tasks equipped with:

  • an L3 Wescam 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

This deployment comes on top of two other CAMCOPTER® S-100 operations for EMSA currently being carried out in Estonia and Romania conducting maritime surveillance. It is also the third deployment for the Finnish Border Guard, after a trial in 2019.

Jack Richardson