UMS SKELDAR eyes pole position as UAV partner of choice for world navies

MSPO 2016 in Poland provides showcase for Aviation Systems



MSPO 2016: the 24th International Defence Industry Exhibition featured a range of solutions were held under the auspices of Mr Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland. This year’s Kielce expo hosted a record-breaking number of exhibitors –  614 companies – representatives of 30 countries from across the world. The President himself honoured the Expo awarding ceremony with his presence. MSPO was complemented with the 22nd International Logistics Fair LOGISTYKA. Both events hosted 50 official delegations from 46 countries as well as 22,000-plus visitors.  

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The MSPO Show (5-8 September 2016) was attended by Carl Foucard, Deputy Business Development Director and Head of SKELDAR Sales, who spotlighted the SKELDAR V-200 medium-range VTOL UAV, designed for operations such as surveillance, intelligence gathering, light cargo transportation and electronic warfare. It can carry several payloads, including stabilised EO/IR sensors, NATO SIGINT/ELINT systems, synthetic aperture radars, AIS transponders, ground-moving target indicator radars, hyper-spectral and multi-spectral cameras, communication systems, air droppable SAR pods, cargo hooks and searchlights/megaphones.


The SKELDAR V-200  is  currently engaged in a tender for the Polish Navy, which is reported to be seeking an integrated VTOL UAV solution (codenamed ALBATROS). Deliveries are planned for 2019-2020. This is in tandem with a tender by the German navy expected to comprise a small number of UMS Skeldar V-200 UAS, with a typical complete system made up of a ground control element and two aerial platforms in a programme to give MEKO frigates and the future MKS-180 combat ships such a capability.



The SKELDAR V–200 – manufactured by UMS SKELDAR, a world leader in the design and manufacture of both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and fixed wing high-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – is a versatile system for a wide range of applications such as reconnaissance, identification, target acquisition and electronic warfare. A number of COTS high resolution EO/IR, SAR and EW sensors are available. A medium-range UAV system, the SKELDAR V—200 can hover for hours while providing real-time information to a control station or to a remote video terminal. It is fully autonomous, commanded by high-level-commands such as “Point and Fly” and “Point and Look”, and designed for a range of land, maritime and civil applications.

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“UMS SKELDAR’s V-200 has unique capacity for ship borne operations. It is robust and has a heavy fuel engine, which in itself provides an immediate advantage over competitors in its class,” explained Jacob Baumann, former two-star general in the Swiss military and CEO of UMS SKELDAR.  “The system is designed for naval purposes, for operating in the highly corrosive salt environment. I am 100% convinced we fit in with what navies worldwide require and offer sensor and payload portfolios as well.”

UMS SKELDAR – the joint venture between UMS AERO and SAAB – is also able to offer a range of flexible procurement packages, such as a fee for service capability or full training and support for naval personnel.