Mozambique Navy has ordered 3 Schiebel S-100 Camcopter vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate from its Ocean Eagle 43 offshore patrol vessels
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 is an Austrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using a rotorcraft design.
Produced by the Austrian company Schiebel, it was developed from 2003 to 2005. With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 200 kilograms (440 lb), its endurance is 6 hours. It has a maximum speed of 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph) and a ceiling of 5,500 metres (18,000 ft). It is powered by a 55 horsepower (41 kW) Diamond engine and can carry various payloads, such as electro-optics and infrared sensors.
The Ocean Eagle 43 – trimaran ocean patrol vessel ordered by the Mozambican government was launched in January 2015. The vessel is built by French shipyard CMN (Construction Mecanique de Normandie) to meet the naval operational needs of marines and to support special operations forces.
The vessel intended for sea policing, surveillance of exclusive economic and fishing zones, search and rescue (SAR), safety and State action at sea, protection of vulnerable vessels and offshore installations, monitoring of marine environment, escort operations, counter speedboats, asymmetric threats and the boarding of terrorists. It is also used for combating illicit trafficking, smuggling, illegal immigration, terrorism, and piracy at sea.