OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Starts the Use of Austrian Drones

CompaniesTransport ♦ Published: October 23, 2014; 14:45 ♦ (Vindobona)

The OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) today completed the maiden flight of its unarmed/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before members of the media near Mariupol in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE will use unmanned and unarmed drones for the monitoring of the border between Ukraine and Russia.

A Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100, prior to deployment by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine / Picture: © Schiebel

For the purpose of monitoring the border, the OSCE signed a deal with the Austrian company Schiebel.

The roll-out of the UAV operations in eastern Ukraine will continue Friday with, weather permitting, routine operational flights.

The UAVs, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100, are being provided, flown and maintained by Schiebel company under contract to the OSCE and…