01 Feb 10. In December 2009, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) selected Schiebel’s unmanned aerial system Camcopter S-100 to run a series of comprehensive trials to assess the operational advantages of a VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) UAV system. These trials will take place during the first half of 2010 on various sites representative of land /urban and coastal operations, operated by French Army and Navy forces representatives. Leveraging its expertise in airworthiness and flight certification, as well as its involvement in French and European air safety regulations, and its European leadership in Unmanned Airborne Systems, Thales will support Schiebel in the management of these VTOL trials. The tests are to take place on a Camcopter S-100 fitted with a Thales Agile 2 Electro Optical and Infra Red (EO/IR) payload.