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Boeing to sell drone helicopter made by Schiebel

Boeing intends to go after a U.S. contract using the Schiebel unmanned helicopter.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

Boeing has announced it will market an unmanned helicopter that flew at the Paris Air Show in June.

The agreement is an early move by Boeing's new Seattle-based Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) division to expand its product offerings.

The Austrian company Schiebel makes the drone helicopter, which is 10 feet long and weighs a little over 200 pounds when empty. It typically carries a 55-pound payload of cameras and surveillance sensors for up to six hours.

Hans Schiebel, director of Schiebel, said in a statement that his company hopes "to leverage Boeing's depth of experience and proven contacts to provide the S-100 [Camcopter] to U.S. government and military customers."

Schiebel already has delivered more than 70 of the camcopters. The total order tally as of June was 137, including 60 for the United Arab Emirates. The French, German, Indian and Pakistani navies all have conducted trials, landing the vehicles on ships.

Dominic Gates: 206-464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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