Thales and Schiebel Expand Strategic Partnership to Promote the CAMCOPTER Unmanned Aerial System Globally

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Thales, a leading global technology company, and Schiebel, a renowned Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) manufacturer, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build on their joint success in the UK with a global marketing approach.

Where appropriate, and on a case by case basis, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 and S-300 systems will be combined with Thales’ innovative products, to bring an unrivalled solution to the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) global market, the companies said Sept 12.

This partnership marks a significant step towards further enhancing the capabilities and market presence of both companies in the rapidly expanding RWUAS industry, the statement said.

By combining Thales’ expertise in advanced technology solutions, sensors and system integration with Schiebel’s extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering high-performance RWUAS, this collaboration focuses on unlocking new frontiers around the world in uncrewed aerial operations. Through cooperation, both companies aim to leverage their respective complementary strengths to drive innovation, expand market reach, and meet the evolving needs of customers worldwide.

The CAMCOPTER S-100 and S-300 systems represent the pinnacle of unmanned/uncrewed aerial reconnaissance and surveillance systems, embodying state-of-the-art technologies and unmatched reliability. With Thales and Schiebel working in tandem, customers can expect a seamless integration of these exceptional systems, enabling enhanced capabilities for defence, security, and civilian/commercial applications.

“We are thrilled to embark on this strategic partnership with Schiebel,” stated Herve Hamy, Vice President ISR Business Line at Thales “Together, on a case by case basis, we will harness our collective expertise to deliver cutting-edge solutions that will undoubtedly redefine the RWUAS landscape.”

“Schiebel is excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings,” commented Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. “Combining forces where appropriate with Thales will further strengthen our offerings and provide our customers with even more advanced, robust and reliable solutions.”

Both companies remain committed to driving innovation, ensuring compliance with the highest industry standards, and adhering to ethical practices. This collaboration reflects their shared dedication to advancing the UAS industry’s growth and fostering increased safety and efficiency in airborne operations.

Thales and Schiebel were awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence this year to deliver a game changing rotary wing Uncrewed Air System to provide a protective ‘eye in the sky’ capability for Royal Navy warships on deployed operations.

Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 is in operation with several Asian forces including Royal Thai Navy, Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Australian Navy. –thales/adj/mhi (Pix: Thales / Schiebel)