MDA to deliver UAS surveillance services to unnamed customer

14 February 2018 (Last Updated February 14th, 2018 14:02)

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, has signed a new contract for the delivery of turnkey, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surveillance services to an unnamed international customer.

MDA to deliver UAS surveillance services to unnamed customer
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS. Credit: User: Stahlkocher.

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, has signed a new contract for the delivery of turnkey, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surveillance services to an unnamed international customer.

The contract was signed with an international customer and comes with options for additional years.

Under the deal, MDA’s unmanned aerial system (UAS) service will deliver surveillance information to the customer using a fleet of Schiebel Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing autonomous aircraft.

The company will also manage activities such as procurement of all the systems and required infrastructure, training, logistics, supply chain, maintenance and flight operations.

“The unmanned aircraft serves as a suitable platform for a range of different surveillance payloads in order to address several mission requirements.”

MDA group president Mike Greenley said: “MDA is a global leader and trusted partner in UAS surveillance services in challenging, complex and hostile environments.

“This programme is a key plank in our growth strategy, offering UAS services in many different environments, and for a diverse set of missions.”

As part of the project, MDA’s UAS service will incorporate the L3 WESCAM MX-10 electro-optical / infrared payloads into the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 fleet.

The MX-10 multi-sensor multi-spectral imaging system is designed for tactical surveillance missions.

The Camcopter S-100 is a vertical take-off and landing UAS with a range out to 200km, both on land and at sea.

Capable of operating day and night and addressing several mission requirements, the unmanned aircraft is designed to automatically navigate via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or can be operated directly with a pilot control unit.