The newest Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) platform from UMS SKELDAR, a leading European provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms has been launched at UMEX 2020 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
A full-scale model of the new V-150 is on display on the Saab stand.
“The new V-150 is the perfect partner for our flagship SKELDAR V-200. With target sectors including defence forces, coastguards, border patrol agencies, blue light forces, fire departments and drug interdiction and trafficking agencies to name a few, the V-150 has been developed as an easy to use, simple to maintain, UAV that can assist organisations with a wide range of smaller critical activities that ordinarily would entail manned crews taking on at an increased cost,” says David Willems, VP Business Development and Strategy for the JV between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP. The high-performance V-150 is unique in its class and ITAR-free.
It has the ability to carry multiple payloads across two payload bays (up to 30 kg in the main bay and up to 12 kg in the nose). The new platform has a current endurance of up to 2.5 hours with a 12 kg payload, raising to 4 hours in the near future thanks to modifications already being worked on.
The UAV’s turbine engine propulsion system uses heavy fuels, making it perfect for maritime missions and it also has a small logistical footprint ideal for storing in small hangars.
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