Europe’s only fixed-wing and rotary UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) provider, UMS SKELDAR, has completed delivery and acceptance tests for Indonesia of the SKELDAR V-200 VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) UAV.
The deal is the world’s first delivery of the only heavy fuel UAV platform in its class.
World leading designer and manufacturer of high endurance RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems), UMS SKELDAR announced today (date) its working partnership and the commencement of a training program contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Indonesia.
The MoD of the Republic of Indonesia deployed the SKELDAR V-200 as part of performance and acceptance tests during Q4 2016, paving the way for the procurement and pilot training in Indonesia. With the world’s second longest coastlines, the tests and patrol evaluations confirmed the multi-payload and low footprint of the SKELDAR V-200 across land and navy applications.
Jakob Baumann, CEO and Delegate of the Board at UMS SKELDAR, highlighted the significance of the contract and stressed the importance of UAV solutions across the priority APAC region covering defence, security and civilian sectors: “We're proud to announce our contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, which cements our business model of forming strategic relationships within priority regions across the world,” said Baumann.
“The SKELDAR V-200 is the leading RPAS multi-payload and high-endurance platform within the mid-range UAV market, incorporating Saab’s experience of 80 years in the aviation industry. This was demonstrated at the world’s largest tri-service defence exhibition, IDEX 2017,” he added.
The training program provided in Indonesia was delivered by UMS SKELDAR Training Director Ewen Stockbridge-Sime, who specializes in global civilian and military ISR/ C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) strategies.
“The contract in Indonesia confirms the importance of IRS and SAR (Search and Rescue) strategies within complex territories and how UAVs can be used as a stand-alone or integrated platform deployed from land bases or seaborne,” said Stockbridge-Sime. With our associated package offering, UMS SKELDAR is helping its partners to gather the necessary intelligence they require more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” Baumann concluded.
UMS SKELDAR is a world leader in the design and manufacture of both vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) and fixed wing high-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Formed through a joint venture between UMS AERO Group and Saab, UMS SKELDAR is Europe’s only provider of both Rotary and Fixed Wing platforms.
The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping) and offers a comprehensive unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions portfolio.
UMS SKELDAR provides a total solutions capability globally, including development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, managed services and finance options (incorporating purchase/leasing and lease purchase). It also provides associated systems including ground control stations, communications links and data terminals. With a highly active research and development program UMS SKELDAR provides solutions to a wide variety of military defence and civil security sectors globally.