Vietnam to purchase Austrian helicopter

(VOV) - Vietnam has shown its interest in purchasing Austria’s Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the ongoing 2014 Singapore Airshow.

Representatives of the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) and Austria’s Schiebel Corporation discussed the possibility of an UAV supply deal in Singapore, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly Magazine, quoting Andrew Byrne, regional sales director for Asia-Pacific at the Austrian firm.

Byrne said potential Asia-Pacific customers were informed of the platform, and Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam expressed their keen interest in it.

The S-100 on display at Singapore was fitted with the L-3 Wescam MX-10 EO sensor, an unidentified SIGINT sensor and the Selex ES PicoSAR AESA surveillance radar.

Byrne described the S-100 as having a 200 km operational radius, within which the sensor range was 40 km at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is also fitted with a C-band datalink.

If purchased, the S-100 would be deployed from the VPN's two new Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Sigma-class (Type 9814) corvettes, Byrne said. 

DSNS said in August 2013 it had agreed to sell the ships to Vietnam, the second contract of its kind after the first with Indonesia.