SKELDAR V-200 flies with Kestrel in frontline sensor role for land surveillance
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, 5th September 2018
World-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software, UMS SKELDAR, is showcasing multi-payload capabilities at LAND FORCES 2018, Adelaide, Australia, 4-6 September [Saab Australia stand 3D2] placing Sentient Vision Systems’ [Stand POD42] Kestrel front and centre in its unmatched sensor capability set.
SKELDAR V-200 equipped with Kestrel – continuously upgraded in co-operation with the Australian Department of Defence (ADF) – can autonomously detect movement too small or slow for human eyes via electro-optical and infrared video. Kestrel has been deployed on more than 1,700 systems across six continents and has provided support for the ADF as well as US and Canadian armed forces.
Simultaneously tracking multiple objects of interest over land, the software displays a trail of ‘breadcrumbs’ that indicate the path taken by each detected object. This makes the process of scanning an area for potential threats as streamlined as possible.
said David Willems, Head of Business Development, UMS SKELDAR – the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP – who added:
The UAVs manufactured by UMS SKELDAR include a radar mode of operation to identify a moving target. Once locked, the platform can tail and send real-time information to its bespoke Ground Control Station (GCS). The ability to receive real-time information without risking personnel on the ground provides operators with an intelligence advantage in any environment.
A suite of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) High resolution Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors are available for deployment with NATO-compliant SKELDAR V-200 and integration to other ground and air-based assets.
Willems explained that UMS SKELDAR’s VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) unmanned helicopter offering provided a versatile multi-role platform, with unmatched TBO (Time Between Overhauls).
Simon Olsen, Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships, of Sentient Vision Systems added: