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UMS SKELDAR UAVs set sights on Gulf market

By: Sakha Pramod
For UMS SKELDAR, the Saab and UMS AERO joint venture, the Gulf region is of special interest thanks to some exciting developments taking place in the area. David Willems, head of business development at UMS SKELDAR is no stranger to the UAE as he has regularly been attending UMEX, IDEX and the 
Dubai Airshow.  
Willems says there is a huge market in the Gulf for the mid-range multi-role unmanned rotary VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) products. “The Gulf region is a challenging environment ideally suited to UMS SKELDAR’s twin portfolio of medium sized unmanned helicopters,” says Willems. “With a peninsular, maritime and land borders, and a spectrum of security challenges, the need for fast response and interdiction integrated with land and naval forces demand agile assets. From infrastructure inspection, maintenance and protection for vital energy resources such as refineries and pipelines, through to military and ‘blue light’ (i.e. police, fire and associated rescue services) there is a constant need for ‘eyes in the sky’,” he told Nation Shield. 
Another UMS SKELDAR product highlighted at UMEX is the R-350 light tactical high-performance ITAR-free (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) rotary UAV. Under 150kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) the R-350 features include a propulsion unit that can be replaced in less than 45 minutes, and a jet turbine that can be changed in less than 15 minutes.
Willems points to the different yet complementary benefits of the unmanned helicopter duo. The topography of the Gulf region often demands versatile assets that can rapidly switch between land and maritime missions, sometimes on multiple sorties within an hour.  “Proven two stroke engines, heavy fuel, endurance, rapid maintenance turnaround, and ability to integrate into land or sea-based command and control centres, make us the number one choice for military and 
civilian operations.”
Through advanced sensors and detection payloads, including advanced LiDAR and the latest technology including Sentient Vision’s ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), SKELDAR V-200 and R-350 offers unmatched capabilities. ViDAR is an airborne persistent wide area maritime search system that autonomously detects objects on the ocean surface. With over 80 times the area coverage compared with existing EO/IR systems, this state-of-the-art system provides the operator with a detailed image of objects that other search methods 
often miss.
Summarising capabilities, he says, the SKELDAR V-200 is the sleek technology-packed dual military and civilian multi-role platform and the R-350 is the lighter tactical platform ideal for training and police operations to forward battlespace logistics roles. 

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