Australia set to become regional hub for unmanned helicopter expansion across Pacific Rim

UMS SKELDAR is closing in on Australian Defence contracts and has announced that it plans to establish an Australian base

5th Oct 2017


Australia set to become regional hub for unmanned helicopter expansion across Pacific Rim  

 

UMS SKELDAR is closing in on Australian Defence contracts and has announced that it plans to establish an Australian base for the flagship unmanned helicopter SKELDAR V-200 to develop the military and civilian market in Australasia and Pacific Rim.

 

The strategic focus on Australia - and its strategic gateway to neighbouring Pacific nations - was cited at the maritime expo PACIFIC  2017  being held at Sydney 3-5 October - as a major priority for the company by David Willems, UMS SKELDAR Head of Business Development: “It is a logical extension to our global expansion to focus on Australia which plays a strategically pivotal role in military and economic terms across the Pacific Rim. Importantly Australia is developing its defence industries, and we see our future development as innovator in the unmanned VTOL sector with strategic partners, to also cover the demanding requirements of the civilian sector including ISR and SAR.

 

“Our flagship unmanned helicopter SKEDLAR V-200 really covers all the bases with unmatched technology including Maritime and NATO-compliant heavy fuel engine and best in class payload options that provide an all-round superior rotary VTOL aircraft incorporating Saab’s experience of 80 years in the aviation industry.”

 

“We will have a permanently-based platform here to demonstrate to the different stakeholders by next year.”

UMS Skeldar has proposed its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its response to a request for information (RFI) from Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) for a Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air System (MTUAS) to be operated from the Navy’s forthcoming Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The VTOL unmanned helicopter is powered by a two-cylinder, in-line, two-stroke, liquid-cooled internal combustion engine from Hirth Motors that uses heavy fuel (a type of diesel). Further, its payload includes the ViDAR (visual identification detection and ranging) optical radar system from Australian company Sentient Vision Systems.

 

Already its joint venture partner Saab – with Saab Australia landing a major deal to provide the tactical interface to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet of nine Future Frigates. The Saab 9LV Combat Management System would form an integral part of the Future Frigate and upgraded Air Warfare Destroyer combat capability as well as being selected for the Offshore Patrol Vessels. In addition, Saab Saab had contract to provide a complete communications system on board the Royal New Zealand Navy’s future fleet replenishment vessel, HMNZS Aotearoa.

 

 

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