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Icelandic Coast Guard deploys Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

| 2022

According to information published by Schiebel on July 7, 2022, CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard both day and night delivering enhanced maritime situational awareness for an array of operational tasks, through a contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Picture source: Camcopter)

Currently deployed from the patrol vessel ICGV Thor and from ICGV Freyja, the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is operated by Schiebel. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 gives the Icelandic Coast Guard the possibility of gaining better coverage of its large Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The main task is being able to identify vessels and activities of interest at a much greater range than normal, thereby substantially extending the ship’s situational awareness.

The activities include fisheries inspection and control, maritime safety, ship, and port security, environmental protection and response, as well as supporting Search and Rescue (SAR) when needed.

The S-100 executes these various tasks equipped with a Trakka TC-300 (and in the future with an MX-10 Gen-4) Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch wide-area camera, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.

About ICGV Thor

ICGV Þór (Thor) is a UT 512L type offshore patrol vessel designed by Rolls Royce for the Icelandic Coast Guard, built to replace the aging ICGV Óðinn. She arrived in Reykjavík on 27 October 2011. Its main tasks are EEZ patrol, fishery inspection, and search and rescue support. The ship is named after the Norse god Thor.

The ship is 93.8 metres (308 feet) long overall, 16 metres (52 feet) wide, and has a height of 30 metres (98 feet). The maximum speed of the vessel is 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph), while its towing capacity, or bollard pull, is 120 tonnes (120 long tons; 130 short tons). The cargo deck covers 300 square metres (3,200 sq ft).

The vessel is outfitted with various life-saving equipment, designed to aid it in rescue missions, including two MOB boats and six Viking life rafts. Other specially-designed equipment the vessel is outfitted with includes oil booms, one 40 mm Bofors gun, and oil skimmers.

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