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26 May 2015

GDELS and Sky-Watch Partner to Explore Future UAS Opportunities

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) are becoming an integral part of modern warfare and provide increased situational awareness for troops and commanders on the ground. General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has recently signed a Memorandum of Interest (MOI) with Danish UAV company Sky-Watch in Støvring, which allows the two companies to explore potential areas of
cooperation within next generation applications of the UAV technology in the battlefield.

"Sky-Watch is constantly striving to be at the forefront of the rapidly developing UAV technology.
We offer our vast accumulated know-how within sensor fusion to our partners, in the pursuit of finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s challenges," said Michael Messerschmidt, Sky-Watch Chief Business Development Officer. "We constantly re-think and re-define the value
proposition, of our own as well as our partners’ ideas and concepts and I believe that we can identify
some very exiting avenues of cooperation with GDELS."

Sky-Watch currently offers the HUGINN X1 multi-purpose Quadrotor UAV deployed all over the world and is currently developing the MUNINN X1, a next-generation fixed-Wing VTOL UAV. The future of UAVs in the battlefield will be explored by Sky-Watch Labs, the research and development arm of Sky-Watch, in cooperation with partners such as the Technical University of Denmark on a variety of projects.

With regard to the acquisition of new Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) for the Danish Army, GDELS is prepared to take its partnerships with Danish industry to the next level and explore business in adjacent markets like the one of Sky-Watch. GDELS has signed Industry Cooperation agreements with 40 Danish companies of all sizes across the country and has already defined projects in excess of 3,7 billion kroner covering all of the technology areas defined in the Danish Government´s Defence industry strategy.

"Throughout the past 20 years GDELS Industry Cooperation program has been one of the catalysts for the development of the Danish defence industry," Jens Bauer, GDELS Senior Director International Business & Services, responsible for Industrial Participation. "We have executed projects of almost KR1,7 billion with the industry, which has helped to contribute to the development of new products and technologies in a variety of companies. By engaging with an innovative and creative company such as Sky-Watch, we help plant the seed for the future of the Danish defence industry."

GDELS´s Industry Cooperation plan for the APC programme is based on 20 years of experience and
partnership with Danish industry. The programme expands relationships beyond production and
sustainment contracts to also include research & development projects, which will lay the foundation
for growth in the Danish Defence industry for decades to come.

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