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15 February 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016: UMS Skeldar Announces SE Asia as Priority Market

UMS Skeldar, the newly formed joint business between Saab and UMS Aero Group launches its combined unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) expertise at Singapore Airshow, as the springboard for its ambition to become the number one choice in the global mid-range UAV market.

Backed by a highly active research and development (R&D) programme, UMS Skeldar brings together four platforms including the SKELDAR V-200 to create, according to the company, Europe’s most versatile UAV for the global military, defence and civil security sectors. The company showcases the new line-up, its platforms, and solutions alongside CWT at stand number D87.

In conjunction with its regional partner CWT, one of South East Asia’s largest logistics businesses, and on the back of contracts agreed with governments in Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the company has declared Asia-Pacific and Mideast as priority regions for growth. “The strategic importance of the region to us made Singapore a natural choice for the world launch platform of our unrivalled line-up of platforms, systems and managed services. South East Asia will be pivotal and our relationship with CWT as our exclusive strategic partner plays a crucial role in the development of our market share,Jacob Baumann, CEO of UMS Skeldar, explained.

The formation of UMS Skeldar through Saab and UMS Aero has truly propelled the business into a global and expanding market. With a strong customer base and pipeline of strong prospective contracts, we’re looking forward to the Singapore Airshow to be able display our total solutions packages,” David Willems, aviation business specialist and Head of Marketing and Sales, said.

UMS Skeldar brings together four igh endurance vertical take-off (VTOL) and fixed wing UAV platforms:

  • UMS F330 - designed as a high-performance fixed wing ITAR-free unmanned aircraft
  • UMS F720 - a highly versatile and widely capable fixed wing Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Its innovative, flexible and modular design enables the F-720 to carry multiple payloads at the same time, making it one of the most capable systems in its class.
  • UMS R350 - this ITAR-free tactical helicopter icontains a jet-turbine engine propulsion system. 
  • SKELDAR V-200 – an innovative UAV using the technology of Saab, ideal for civil security and military operations. 

The V-200 is a rotary winged medium-range UAV that can be operated from a tailored control station. Equipped with multiple capabilities including surveillance and 3D mapping, the aircraft gives edge in any environment – day or night. The system can hover for hours while providing real-time information to a control station or to a remote video terminal. Launched from historically difficult locations such as the deck of a ship, a travelling convoy or other small stationery areas, SKELDAR V-200 is designed to provide real-time intelligence and surveillance as a force multiplier for land, civil security and maritime applications. The compact solution is fully autonomous, controlled by high-level-commands such as “Point and Fly” and “Point and Look”.

As a multi-skilled enterprise with all the capabilities necessary to manage and deliver total UAV programmes, UMS Skeldar is equipped to provide solutions including R&D, design, manufacture, testing, training, maintenance, and finance to a wide variety of sectors globally. Alongside design and production, UMS Skeldar develops its own avionic solutions which serve to fly various types of UAVs simultaneously on the same Ground Control Station (GCS). The company can provide customers with qualified ISR instructors for training of vehicles or to interpret sensor information alongside a RPAS capability requirement. All of the systems provided by UMS Skeldar utilise exclusive design and build avionics, software and carry an authentic intellectual property rights (IP).

With managed serviced contracts and order books in South East Asia and Middle East markets, the company is well placed to develop its profile and presence, supported by expert personnel under the direction of CEO Baumann, former two star general (Maj.Gen.) in the Swiss Armed Forces. The strategic partner line up of UMS Skeldar includes civil and military aviation specialists from a range of countries such as CWT, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company (ADASI), and Elektronik-System-Gesellschaft (ESG)