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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: Camcopter Partnership

MILITARY

A new division Boeing Co. has created to capitalize on the boom in unmanned vehicles announced Aug. 11 it is teaming with Schiebel Industries AG to offer the tiny Austrian firm’s Camcopter S-100. Vic Sweberg, director of Boeing Unmanned Airborne Systems, said the companies already had bid on a U.S. Special Operations Command contract for an unmanned aircraft system to be used for surveillance and reconnaissance. The Camcopter made a bit of Paris Air Show history this year as the first UAV to fly at the storied venue. "There’s a variety of customers interested," Sweberg said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in D.C. Hans Schiebel, director and owner of Schiebel Industries, said the S-100 has hard points that can accommodate a variety of sensors.

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