UMS SKELDAR provides modified R-350 to ESG for use as Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Helicopter (UMAT); concludes successful first flight demonstration with The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.
UMS SKELDAR and key partner ESG (ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH) have successfully completed a week of flight demonstrations with the new R-350 platform for The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
The modified R-350, which was used as an Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Helicopter (UMAT), included two specialised payloads from ESG comprising Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and EO/IR gyro-stabilised camera weighing over 27 kg at a maximum take-off weight of 150 kg. The successful flights at Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching demonstrated the R-350’s ability to evaluate sensors and algorithms whilst performing automatic landing site recognition for manned helicopters Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).
explains Tobias Paul, Project Manager UMAT Experimental Systems for ESG GmbH.
The new ITAR-free light tactical high-performance R-350 incorporates an innovative modular design concept that can easily be certified for aerospace classifications and combines a short turnaround time and built-in test functionality. In addition, the new platform includes a complete propulsion unit that can be replaced in less than 45 minutes, and a jet turbine that can be changed in less than 15 minutes, both of which run on Jet A1 and JP8 heavy fuels. Being under 150 kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW), the R-350 requires only national certification, adding to its ease of use and operation. It can also deploy multiple payloads at the same time, as proven by the flight demonstrations for BAAINBw.
explains David Willems, Business Development Director for UMS SKELDAR.
For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world leading SKELDAR V-200 and R-350 platforms (both available with Heavy Fuel engines, making them ideal for operational deployment in maritime domains) click on https://umsskeldar.aero/.
For more information on ESG, click on https://www.esg.de/en/home/.