DONAUWÖRTH (Germany), April 30, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: Airbus
On 24th April Airbus announced that Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have demonstrated Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) between a Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 UAS and an Airbus’ H145 helicopter. In this way Airbus Helicopters becomes the first European helicopter manufacturer demonstrating such a technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI 5). The flights were carried out with the assistance of the Austrian Armaments and Defence Technology Agency, revealed from Airbus.
The machines flew together in various scenarios that included detection of objects hidden in places not accessible by manned helicopters.
The full control over the Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), including its take-off and landing, was exercised by an operator in the helicopter or through a ground-based control station. The temporary handing over of the control to the ground station simulated a case when a return of the manned helicopter for refuelling is needed.
“MUM-T multiplies the capabilities of both systems. Smaller UAS with vertical take-off and landing capabilities can, for example, fly around obstacles as trees or buildings closer than a helicopter could. They are able to explore unknown territory and deliver information to the helicopter crew which is operating from a safe position and which can then step in with the helicopter’s superior effects, having received a clear picture from the UAS,” said Mark Henning, the program manager at Airbus Helicopters.