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Schiebel, Diehl Defense strengthen cooperation
by Richard Tomkins
Vienna (UPI) Sep 26, 2016


Lockheed, Boeing get $43 million MQ-25 carrier drone contracts
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2016 - Lockheed Martin and Boeing have each received $43 million U.S. Navy contracts for work on the MQ-25 Stingray aircraft carrier drone program.

Both cost-plus-fixed-free contracts will conduct risk reduction activities in support of the system, including refinement of concepts and development of trade space for requirements generation in advance of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program.

Work on Lockheed's contract will be performed in California and Texas.

Work on Boeing's contract will be performed in Missouri and Washington.

Each contract's estimated completion date is October 2017.

The Stingray program integrates the first operational, carrier-based, catapult-launched drone.

It will provide long-endurance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and organic refueling capabilities for the carrier air wing.

Austria's Schiebel, maker of the Camcopter S-100 unmanned helicopter, has strengthened cooperation with Diehl Defense for marketing opportunities in Germany.

Diehl Defense possesses broad know-how in the integration of different defense systems and surveillance equipment into German Navy vessels, Schiebel said.

"Today we are the world's leading producer of unmanned helicopters and we plan on further strengthening our position" said Hans Georg Schiebel, owner of the Vienna-based company.

Added Helmut Rauch, member of the Division Board of Diehl Defense: "We consider Schiebel a highly competent partner and believe the CAMCOPTER S-100 is the best possible product for all remotely piloted aircraft operations of the German Navy."

The Camcopter S-100 is a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a maximum speed of 138 miles per hour and a six-hour endurance.

Units sold to date number 300 worldwide and include a number of naval clients who use the aircraft in conventional littoral reconnaissance roles.

In 2008, Schiebel completed extensive flight trials from German Navy corvettes. The tests included more than 130 takeoffs and landings but no procurement contracts were issued.

The S-100 system has since been upgraded and is now is available with a heavy fuel engine.


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