About us

UMS SKELDAR is a joint venture between UMS AERO Group and Saab, providing leading edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions to meet complex challenges.

 

With a highly active research and development programme, UMS SKELDAR provides solutions to a wide variety of military defence, civil security and maritime sectors globally.


Its current portfolio consists of two rotary wing models including the SKELDAR V-200 and R-350.

 

The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping). UMS SKELDAR is a multi-skilled enterprise with all the capabilities necessary to manage and deliver total UAV programmes. This includes research and development, design, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, Managed Services and finance options.


Alongside design and production, UMS SKELDAR develops its own associated systems which serve to fly various types of UAV’s simultaneously on the same Ground Control Station (GCS). The company can provide customers with qualified ISR instructors for training of unmanned vehicles or to interpret sensor information alongside a RPAS capability requirement. All of the systems provided by UMS SKELDAR utilise exclusive design and build avionics, software and carry an authentic intellectual property rights (IPR).

 

 

 

About us

UMS SKELDAR is a joint venture between UMS AERO Group and Saab, providing leading edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions to meet complex challenges.

 

With a highly active research and development programme, UMS SKELDAR provides solutions to a wide variety of military defence, civil security and maritime sectors globally.

 

Its current portfolio consists of two rotary wing models including the SKELDAR V-200 and R-350. 

 

The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping). UMS SKELDAR is a multi-skilled enterprise with all the capabilities necessary to manage and deliver total UAV programmes. This includes research and development, design, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, Managed Services and finance options.

 

Alongside design and production, UMS SKELDAR develops its own associated systems which serve to fly various types of UAV’s simultaneously on the same Ground Control Station (GCS). The company can provide customers with qualified ISR instructors for training of vehicles or to interpret sensor information alongside a RPAS capability requirement. All of the systems provided by UMS SKELDAR utilise exclusive design and build avionics, software and carry an authentic intellectual property rights (IPR).

Executive team biographies

 

 

   

Axel Cavalli-Björkman
Group CEO

 

Salije Müller
CFO / Head of Group Support

 

Carl Foucard
Head of Sales

Formerly  Vice President, Head of Tactical Solutions at Saab AB. He started his career as a Technical Officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, including a position with the procurement organisation, the Defence Material Agency. Over the past 20 years he has held senior management positions including responsibilities for marketing and sales in Saab.

 

 

 

Salije holds an MBA in International Management and has accumulated more than 15 years’ experience in the high-tech pharmaceutical industry with an established strong track-record in financial control, including an emphasis on reporting and process functions.

Salije’s rigorous skill set and expertise are a perfect fit for supporting and leading UMS SKELDAR’s present and future financial strategy.

 

An accomplished international commercial and business development executive, with a solid track record of working in technology markets for more than 20 years. Involved with major defence and aerospace programmes and tenders for Saab over the past 10 years, latterly Director of Sales and Marketing for UAV systems. 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.

         
   
David Willems
Global Director of Business Development and Strategy
  Per-Erik Cardell
Site Manager Sweden and Product Manager Skeldar V-200
  Joschka Höfling
Product and Site Manager Switzerland

Spent 20 years of professional career working in the Aviation Industry. Developed skills working both with civilian and military applications. Entrepreneur that has directly created or contributed to the creation of several businesses offering aviation related operational and consulting services. Involved in the unmanned industry for six years and currently serves on the Board of another Swiss technology integrator Company providing security solutions using unmanned systems. Global business development director at UMS SKELDAR.

 

More than 20 years of experience in aeronautical and mechanical design, mostly from the development of the JAS 39 Gripen fighter and the Skeldar UAS at Saab. Has been working with the Skeldar UAS project at Saab and at UMS Skeldar since the start in 2007. Strong skills in finding new technical design solutions and is the inventor of 16 approved patents.

Per-Erik is a highly-appreciated manager due to his team building skills and ability to develop individual and group performance.

 

Joschka holds a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He started as a System Engineer at Swiss UAV before the joint venture with Saab.

His promotion at UMS SKELDAR to Product Manager in Switzerland recognises his experience in the design and development of the product portfolio since its inception.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Marco Palmieri 
Head of Quality Management
& Export Control Manager

 

 

 

 

Marco has more than 10 years’ experience in the business and military aviation as well as over 5 years’ experience in the RPAS sector. As a licensed technician and former certifying staff for business jets, followed by being part of a comprehensive overhaul project for military helicopters, he gained his understanding of processes and procedures required in development, production and maintenance of airplanes and helicopters.


Further educations in the field of management systems in aviation and his capability to understand and apply international industrial standards, aviation legislation and customer requirements in the context of our organization contribute to support UMS in deliver their high-quality products and services while ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

Executive team biographies

 

 

Axel Cavalli-Björkman
Group CEO

 

Formerly  Vice President, Head of Tactical Solutions at Saab AB. He started his career as a Technical Officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, including a position with the procurement organisation, the Defence Material Agency. Over the past 20 years he has held senior management positions including responsibilities for marketing and sales in Saab.

 

 

 

Salije Müller
CFO / Head of Group Support

 

Salije holds an MBA in International Management and has accumulated more than 15 years’ experience in the high-tech pharmaceutical industry with an established strong track-record in financial control, including an emphasis on reporting and process functions.

Salije’s rigorous skill set and expertise are a perfect fit for supporting and leading UMS SKELDAR’s present and future financial strategy.

 

 

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 20 years. Involved with major defence and aerospace programmes and tenders for Saab over the past 10 years, latterly Director of Sales and Marketing for UAV systems. He has a complete understanding of systems integration, together with maritime and manned air assets, both in the military and civilian sectors. Carl holds a Masters in Engineering Physics, and is at ease with complex technologies, blending with a range of global sales and marketing initiatives.

 

 

David Willems
Global Director of Business Development and Strategy

 

Spent over 20 years of his professional career working in the Aviation Industry. Has developed skills working both with civilian and military applications. David is an entrepreneur that 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 the last 10 years and currently serves on the Board of a couple of companies involved in Defence and Security. David is Global Director of Business Development and Strategy at UMS SKELDAR.

 

 

Per-Erik Cardell
Site Manager Sweden and Product Manager SKELDAR V-200

 

Per-Erik has 25 years of experience in aeronautical and mechanical design, mainly from the development of the Gripen jet fighter and the SKELDAR UAS at Saab AB.
He has been working with the SKELDAR UAS platform since the start at Saab from 2007, and has strong skills in finding new technical design solutions as well as being the inventor of 16 approved patents.

Per-Erik is a highly appreciated manager due to his team building skills and ability to develop individual and group performance.

 

 

Joschka Höfling
Product and Site Manager Switzerland

 

Joschka holds a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He started as a System Engineer at Swiss UAV before the joint venture with Saab. His promotion at UMS SKELDAR to Product Manager in Switzerland recognises his experience in the design and development of the product portfolio since its inception.

 

Marco Palmieri 
Head of Quality Management
& Export Control Manager

Marco has more than 10 years’ experience in the business and military aviation as well as over 5 years’ experience in the RPAS sector. As a licensed technician and former certifying staff for business jets, followed by being part of a comprehensive overhaul project for military helicopters, he gained his understanding of processes and procedures required in development, production and maintenance of airplanes and helicopters.

Further educations in the field of management systems in aviation and his capability to understand and apply international industrial standards, aviation legislation and customer requirements in the context of our organization contribute to support UMS in deliver their high-quality products and services while ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction.

 

The combination of UMS Aero and Saab’s LEADING edge capabilities delivers advanced solutions to meet complex challenges.

 

 

 

UMS AERO and Saab have joined forces under a new brand to combine their technology experience. UMS SKELDAR is a multi-skilled enterprise with all the capabilities necessary to manage and deliver total Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programmes to a wide variety of military defence, civil security and maritime sectors globally.

 

The combination of UMS Aero and Saab’s LEADING edge capabilities delivers advanced solutions to meet complex challenges.

UMS AERO and Saab have joined forces under a new brand to combine their technology experience. UMS SKELDAR is a multi-skilled enterprise with all the capabilities necessary to manage and deliver total Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programmes to a wide variety of military defence, civil security and maritime sectors globally.

Investors

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

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

Whatever your ambitions are... UMS SKELDAR is your best solution.

 

If you are interested in joining this dynamic and fast growing company, please send your CVs 
to work(at)umsskeldar.aero.

 

Open positions at UMS SKELDAR

 

Careers

Whatever your ambitions are... UMS SKELDAR is your best solution.

 

If you are interested in joining this dynamic and fast growing company, please send your CVs 
to work(at)umsgroup.aero.

 

Open positions at UMS SKELDAR:

 


System Engineer (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) 100%

More details:  English | Job.ch


Production Engineer (Mechanical) 100%

More details:  English 


Testingenieur 100%

More details:  German.


Assistentin Marketing/ Verkauf / GL 100%

More details:  German.