822X Squadron flies two different UAVs at the same time

822X Squadron reached a milestone in its development on 25 February 2020 when it flew simultaneous missions of both of its aircraft types – the Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system and the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aircraft system.

CAPTION: Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Rodney Ferreira, stands by the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter prior to its flight at Jervis Bay airfield. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Cameron Martin.

The sorties were conducted from 822X Squadron’s operating facility at Jervis Bay airfield.

This occasion also marked the first Navy operated flights of the new S-100 S2 heavy-fuel engine aircraft following recent acceptance of the aircraft into service.

S-100 Camcopter has logged more than 30,000 flight hours around the world from land bases and many different ship classes.

S-100 unmanned aerial system consists of one or more remotely piloted aircraft and a ground-control station with associated antennae and interconnections necessary for aircraft command and control.

 

S-100 Camcopter is a small-to-medium-sized vertical take off and landing aircraft made of titanium and carbon fibre materials, designed to carry multiple payloads simultaneously for up to six hours at a time.

ScanEagle is one of the most widely used tactical unmanned surveillance aircraft in the world, having flown over one million flight hours globally.

The ScanEagle system consists of multiple remotely piloted aircraft, a pneumatic catapult launcher, a Skyhook recovery system, and a ground control system.

ScanEagle RPA is a small carbon fibre, long endurance, fixed-wing aircraft capable of operation from land bases and seagoing vessels without the need for a runway.

 

Schiebel S-100 Camcopter

System Type
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Status
Operational evaluation
Manufacturer
Schiebel
Launch and recovery
Vertical take off and landing
Origin
Austria
Length
3.46 metres
Rotorspan
3.4 metres
Width
1.24 metres
Weights
  • 200kg max takeoff weight
  • 50kg payload
Speed
  • 50-60 knots (cruise)
  • 80 knots (max)
Endurance 5+ hours
Altitude 19,500 feet
Engines 1 x twin rotor HFE 2 stroke engine (JP-5 or JP-8 heavy fuel or AVGAS)
Operated by
822X Squadron

 

Insitu ScanEagle.

System Type
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Status
Operational evaluation
Manufacturer
Boeing Insitu
Role
  • Long-endurance ISR
  • Communication relay
  • Combat search
  • Electronic attack
  • Target designation
  • Hyperspectral analysis
  • Ocean mapping
Launch and recovery
Pneumatic catapault launcher and Skyhook recovery system
Origin
USA
Length
1.6 metres
Wingspan
3.1 metres
Weights 22kg max takeoff weight
Speed
  • 50-60 knots (cruise)
  • 80 knots (max)
Endurance 12+ hours
Altitude 15,000+ feet
Crew
Up to 5 (mission commander and up to four cross-trained remote pilot/maintenance crew members)
Engines 1 x 28cc two-stroke engine (JP-5 or JP-8 heavy fuel or C-10 petrol)
Sensors
  • Electo Optical
  • Infrared
  • Video detection and ranging camera
  • Maritime Automatic Identification System
  • Identification Friend or Foe
Operated by
822X Squadron

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