Background

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the Somali Civil War in the early 21st century.

 

A continuing international initiative has been led by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and Operation Atalanta.

 

The last wave of piracy began in 2005 and reached its peak six years later when Somali pirate gangs attacked

 

237 vessels and held 11 ships
with 216 hostages
by the year-end, earning on average
more than $2 million
for every ship ransomed.

Challenge

 

Somali-based piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean Piracy impeded the delivery of shipments and increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $6.9 billion (6.1 billion euros) a year in global trade in 2011 [according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP)].

 

Typically criminals take control of vessels transiting the High Risk Area in the Region and extorting ransom money for the crew, the vessel and cargo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenge

Somali-based piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean Piracy impeded the delivery of shipments and increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $6.9 billion (6.1 billion euros) a year in global trade in 2011 [according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP)].

 

Typically criminals take control of vessels transiting the High Risk Area in the Region and extorting ransom money for the crew, the vessel and cargo.

Solution

 

 

 

SKELDAR V-200 was deployed on naval asset during counter piracy patrols in the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in Gulf of Aden. The patrols help to provide a safe and secure environment for merchant vessels. The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) was operated and maintained by UMS SKELDAR personnel, from a Maritime Patrol Ship.

 

 

The SKELDAR V-200 is a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) UAS specialising in intelligence gathering and imagery, which is then analysed by the Navy team. The goal is to provide real time intelligence gathering on the bases and camps of Somali pirates as well as being used in various offshore operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of its advantages is that it can be operated by two people inside the ship without additional material or media for take-off. Designed specifically to be maritime capable, the SKELDAR V-200, is powered by a heavy fuel engine, easily operated on ships equipped for helicopter operations and provides multi-payload capability.

   
         

Solution

SKELDAR V-200 was deployed on naval asset during counter piracy patrols in the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in Gulf of Aden. The patrols help to provide a safe and secure environment for merchant vessels. The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) was operated and maintained by UMS SKELDAR personnel, from a Maritime Patrol Ship.

 

The SKELDAR V-200 is a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) UAS specialising in intelligence gathering and imagery, which is then analysed by the Navy team. The goal is to provide real time intelligence gathering on the bases and camps of Somali pirates as well as being used in various offshore operations.

 

One of its advantages is that it can be operated by two people inside the ship without additional material or media for take-off. Designed specifically to be maritime capable, the SKELDAR V-200, is powered by a heavy fuel engine, easily operated on ships equipped for helicopter operations and provides multi-payload capability.

Results

The V-200 provided intel and endurance in the high temperature and corrosive conditions of the Indian Ocean and coastal strip of the Horn of Africa. This mission exemplifies the versatility of the SKELDAR system, as a pivotal element of a seamless C4ISR solution.

 

On a strategic level, the contribution of UAVs in anti-piracy missions is well documented, and importantly EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and Operation Atalanta has contributed to the dramatic reduction in piracy in the Indian Ocean.

 

Results

The V-200 provided intel and endurance in the high temperature and corrosive conditions of the Indian Ocean and coastal strip of the Horn of Africa. This mission exemplifies the versatility of the SKELDAR system, as a pivotal element of a seamless C4ISR solution.

 

On a strategic level, the contribution of UAVs in anti-piracy missions is well documented, and importantly EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and Operation Atalanta has contributed to the dramatic reduction in piracy in the Indian Ocean.

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