Edited by Stephen Elliott from Press Release
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea. The Finnish Border Guard will adopt it later this year. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 is part of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service, delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). RPAS provides a better understanding of what is happening in the busy Baltic shipping lanes whereby high cargo traffic volume, old sea mines and naval brinksmanship make maritime safety and security a challenge.
The RPAS shares information it collects simultaneously with neighbouring EMSA members to create a clearer, common maritime overview and coordinate responses as necessary.
Estonia’s RPAS executes its tasks equipped with a TRAKKA TC-300 EO/IR camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System receiver.
Marge Kohtla, head of the maritime safety unit at the PPA, validated: “The S-100 offers an excellent opportunity for monitoring the maritime area, serving as an addition to the
existing maritime surveillance system, vessels of the PPA, smaller water craft, and