ABOUT US

Many Missions.
One Solution.

UMS SKELDAR provides excellence in mid-market Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The provider of choice across maritime markets where the highest quality systems are required.

WE ARE

Delivering the future…

UMS SKELDAR, a joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO Group, aims to be the world leading provider of VTOL unmanned aerial systems across NATO reference customers.

UMS SKELDAR provides excellence in mid-market Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and is the provider of choice across maritime markets where the highest quality systems are required.

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UMS SKELDAR, a joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO Group,

is Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms that have been developed to meet the most complex of challenges.

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UMS SKELDAR, a joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO Group,

is Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms that have been developed to meet the most complex of challenges.

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Its current portfolio consists of two rotary wing platforms including the unmatched NATO-compliant Skeldar V-200 and ITAR-free light tactical V-150.

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The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping), and offers a comprehensive unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions portfolio.

The company provides a total solutions capability globally, including development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, managed services and finance options (incorporating purchase/leasing and lease purchase).

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Biographies

Executive Team

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Axel Cavalli-Björkman

Group CEO
Axel has held the group CEO position since 2017, leading the transition and growth of UMS Skeldar from an R&D company to a full OEM. With a background in Saab Technologies for more than 20 years in various senior management positions – including Head of Tactical Solutions and responsibilities for Marketing and Sales – Axel has vast experience in developing and growing small and medium sized businesses globally.
Prior to his time at Saab, Axel held positions in the Swedish Defence Procurement Agency and in the Swedish Armed Forces.
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Henrik Jansén

COO and Head of Support
Henrik has a long background within the defence industry including over 10 years of experience of leading global management teams. His areas of expertise include sales, project management and aftermarket. His track record also includes a Master of Mechanical Engineering as well as being operationally responsible for all IT at Saab globally. Henrik’s background combined with his drive and focus on organisational development supports him well as COO for UMS Skeldar.
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Jonas Brusmark

Group CFO
With more than 10 years of experience from financial management positions within the defence industry and consulting firms, Jonas is a proven professional in multi-project financial management and analytics. He is educated in both Financial Management as well as Statistics & Data Analysis at Universities in Sweden and the United States of America, giving him an excellent foundation for his role of Group CFO here at UMS Skeldar.
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David Willems

Vice President Business Development & Strategy
David has spent over 20 years of his professional career working in the Aviation Industry, developing skills across both civilian and military applications. An entrepreneur, David has directly created or contributed to the creation of several businesses offering aviation and defence related operational and consulting services. He has been involved in the unmanned industry for more than 10 years and currently serves on the Board of a number of companies involved in Defence and Security. As VP Business Development and Strategy at UMS Skeldar, he will be a familiar face to many from trade shows around the world.
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Carl Foucard

Head of Sales
Carl is an accomplished international commercial and business development executive, with a solid track record of working in technology markets for more than 25 years and closing a significant number of multi million contracts. Involved with major defence and aerospace programmes and tenders for Saab and UMS Skeldar over the past 15 years, he most recently held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for UAV systems within Saab. He has a complete understanding of systems integration, together with maritime and manned air assets, both in the military and civilian sectors. Holding a Masters in Engineering Physics he is at ease with complex technologies, blending with a range of global sales and marketing initiatives.
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Richard Hjelmberg

Vice President Campaigns
Richard has over 30 years of business development and sales experience within the aviation industry. He has developed these skills by leading numerous major defence and civilian campaign programmes for Saab over the past 15 years. He has a long history of working within the field of special mission aircraft such as Maritime Patrol and Surveillance Aircraft including advanced systems and logistics integration. Within UMS Skeldar, his primary role is to lead and structure major campaigns.
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Joschka Höfling

Head of Product Development
Joschka holds a Doctor of Science Degree in Unmanned Vehicle Systems Engineering. He started as a System Engineer at Swiss UAV before joining UMS Skeldar in 2014. Since then, he has held a number of positions, with his promotion to Product Manager in Switzerland recognising his experience in the design and development of the product portfolio since its inception.
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Investors

The strategic partnership of UMS SKELDAR is 53% owned by UMS AERO Group AG and 47% by Saab AB (publ).

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Company shares of Saab are quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and the Group has transferred all assets relating to the SKELDAR unmanned aircraft to UMS SKELDAR. UMS AERO Group was formed in 2013 through the amalgamation of Unmanned Systems AB and Swiss UAV AG.

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UMS Aero Group AG is largely owned by Swiss private investors and backed by Alternative Capital Management AG.