21-02-2017
Remote control: protecting vital national assets
Ewen Stockbridge Sime & David Willlems
UMS SKELDAR’s Global Business Development Director David Willems and Training Director and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime.   No one, let alone professionals working in the security and defence industries, needs to be reminded of the vulnerability of core national infrastructure assets. The high profile attacks of 9/11 in New York and also the Pentagon in Washington DC, together with countless other incidents ranging from perimeter breeches of civil airspace and airports to catastrophic loss of people and assets, demonstrates all too clearly the vulnerability of essential infrastructure.  From oil and gas pipelines and storage tanks to nuclear and […]
16-12-2016
Out of Africa – STOP RHINO POACHING
by David Willems
The fact that UAVs are increasingly playing a variety of roles across a spectrum of ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) missions is undisputed. However, restricting medium sized UAVs to a narrow band of military and specialist missions is short sighted according to  David Willems, Head of Business Development at UMS SKELDAR http://umsskeldar.aero , who cites the requirement for endurance and sophisticated UAVs and interchangeable payloads in anti-poaching activities as a prime example of where  smart procurement can paid dividends. Integrated ISR and UAV strategies can make a serious contribution in the fight against a range of illegal activities from rhino […]
18-11-2016
Indonesia training supports Rajawali/F-330 in-country development.
by Ewen Stockbridge
  UMS SKELDAR’s Training Director and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime, blogs from the Asia Pacific about the increasing interest in unmanned aerial vehicle technologies. Ewen is responsible for delivering ISR, pilot and ground control crew training worldwide to civilian and military customers. He was also instrumental in introducing ISR as a capability to the UK Military and in assisting the US Air Force to understand and implement tactical real time intelligence generation.     Walking around Singapore, you get the impression of growth: There are buildings being erected at every turn, shops are busy and cafes crowded. All […]
24-08-2016
Mission Critical
Why UAVs would benefit Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines David Willems, Global Business Development Director of UMS SKELDAR, tackles the issues related to aerial patrol within the APAC region and provides solutions to better scope the region. The dynamic unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) market covers a spectrum of applications in the defence, commercial, and homeland security sectors and according to industry researchers, is forecast to be worth US$14.9 billion by 2020. Across the Asia Pacific region, in particular Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, there are a wide variety of maritime issues being confronted by officials every day. Geographical scoping of […]
14-06-2016
Global Watch. How to work out different threats with the same platform
by David Willems
With those involved in illegal activities now resorting to sophisticated means, from illegal boarding of merchant ships to transporting contraband, the role of agencies in detection and prevention is more challenging than ever before. Here, David Willems, Global Business Development Director at UMS SKELDAR http://umsskeldar.aero, discusses the opportunities for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to become the go-to technologies to deal with crisis situations from humanitarian relief to piracy at sea. The dynamic unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) market covers a spectrum of applications in the defence, commercial, and homeland security sectors and according to industry researchers, is forecast to be worth […]
05-03-2016
Eastern Eye in the sky – Blog from the United Arab Emirates
Keeping an eye on Mideast assets The case for integrated civilian and military ISR/ C4ISR strategies UMS SKELDAR’s Middle East Operations Director and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime, blogs from the United Arab Emirates where he is preparing for UAV test flights at Al Ain, as part of the UMEX 2016 , the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi 6-8 March 2016. The demonstrations are being held for invited senior military and civilian guests from the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) and other key international observers including from NATO and embassy military attaches. Ewen […]
17-02-2016
Race against the clock
ASIA SPECIFIC  Race against the clock Search and rescue in South East Asia Former RAF officer and helicopter pilot George Duncan, Asia Pacific Business Development Director for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle manufacturer UMS SKELDAR has 6,500 plus flying hours under his belt. In this latest blog in the series ASIA SPECIFIC he considers the race against time in search and rescue operations and how smart deployment of assets can help get the job done, sometimes with a happy ending. If anyone ever needed a short hand description of hunting for a needle in a haystack, then this metaphor is encapsulated by […]
10-02-2016
Mission Possible
ASIA SPECIFIC  George Duncan, Asia Pacific Business Development Director for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle manufacturer UMS SKELDAR, discusses UAV requirements in the region Difficult to access terrain not only presents obvious logistical challenges for land-based patrols, but the cost of manned flights of fixed wing aircraft or helicopters with trained crews, can be exorbitant even for the most robust of national budgets. Take this scenario to Asia from the sub-continent to the Pacific Rim and you have a veritable mission impossible. Increasing geo-political and external pressures as well as home grown concerns are placing governments and agencies alike under the spotlight […]