UMS SKELDAR announces first naval deployment of full ATOL capability of V-200 UAV platform at IDEX


UMS SKELDAR the first to introduce full automatic take-off and landing in a naval setting, advancing the technology beyond assisted mode and removing the need for manned crew interaction

21st February 2021:  Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS SKELDAR, is using leading international defence exhibition IDEX 2021 to announce a unique achievement for its flagship SKELDAR V-200 UAV platform – the successful automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) of a tactical UAV from a ship.





Previously, platforms have operated in assisted mode with a crew manually overseeing take-off and landing via a joystick or computer control. Now, full ATOL capability enables both take-off and landing to be performed through the simple press of a button. The platform uses a laser altimeter and GPS combination to track its location and calculate the required altitude reduction, culminating in a smooth and safe landing.

David Willems, VP Business Development and Strategy for UMS SKELDAR, explains:

“This latest milestone for UMS SKELDAR is a real first: it is unique to our company and it has never before been achieved in a military setting. The SKELDAR V-200 was conceived as a maritime platform and this exciting achievement secures its place as the first choice for Navy commanders.”

In addition to this new capability, the SKELDAR V-200 continues to undergo both software and hardware developments to ensure continued improvement and maximum capability for customers.

Willems adds:

“We are focused on the continued improvement of both SKELDAR UAV platforms. Our ongoing modernisation programmes aim to not only review the platforms’ capabilities, but also analyse customer requirements with a view to increasing the service suite we provide alongside.”

For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world leading V-200 and SKELDAR V-150 platforms, click on http://umsskeldar.aero/.

For more information on IDEX 2021, click here: https://idexuae.ae/.