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The first Skeldar V-200 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been manufactured and deployed by international outsource manufacturing contractor Scanfil. It is a milestone that represents a significant boost to production ahead of what is planned to be UMS Skeldar’s biggest year yet in 2020.
Following major contract wins with the German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, and important advancements to the flagship Skeldar V-200 platform over the last 12 months, UMS Skeldar has entered what it says is a critical phase of its growth.
Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman, CEO of UMS Skeldar, the joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero Group, said: “2020 will be a very big year for us, and one where the hard work of the team from the last 18 months will pay off as we fulfill the company’s potential. With the ability to serial produce our pioneering Skeldar V-200 platform and thanks to further contracts in the pipeline, we are on a high growth trajectory that will place us at the forefront of the global maritime UAV market.”
Cavalli-Bjorkman continues: “We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and the rigorous standards achieved by the production team. This close relationship with Scanfil is a true partnership of expertise and importantly provides us with the required volume production at a time when our Skeldar V-200 is being recognized for what it is; one of the best VTOL UAV platforms in its class in the market today.”