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MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, announced on Feb. 9 that it has signed a contract with an unnamed international customer. MDA will provide turnkey, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surveillance services. The contract includes options for additional years.
MDA’s UAS service will use a fleet of Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft to provide surveillance information. MDA will be responsible for all aspects of the service including acquisition of all the systems and required infrastructure, training, airworthiness, logistics, supply chain, maintenance and all flight operations.
The S-100 aircraft is a vertical take-off and landing UAS, which does not require a prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates day and night and is a very capable platform for a wide range of different surveillance payloads to meet a broad set of mission requirements.
MDA’s UAS service will equip the S-100 fleet with L3 WESCAM MX-10 EO/IR payloads. The MX-10 is a high-performance, multi-sensor, multi-spectral imaging system for tactical surveillance missions. It carries multiple sensors including both high-definition day modes and night infrared modes. The MX-10 is currently operational for 12 nations worldwide on the S-100 including Naval Shipborne customers leading to a low risk, proven solution.
“MDA is a global leader and trusted partner in UAS surveillance services in challenging, complex and hostile environments,” said Mike Greenley, group president of MDA. “This program is a key plank in our growth strategy, offering UAS services in many different environments, and for a diverse set of missions.”