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UMS Skeldar, a leading provider of rotary unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms, is launching its new enhanced V-150 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform to support tactical operations including defense forces, surveillance, blue light forces and homeland security.
This ITAR-free high-performance UAV is unique in its class and includes an 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 skcurrent endurance of up to 2.5 hours with a 12 kg payload, raising to four hours in the near future thanks to modifications already being worked on. It operates on a turbine engine propulsion system that uses heavy fuels, making it perfect for maritime missions. The V-150’s modular design enables a high degree of maintainability alongside a minimum turn-around time during operations, and it has a small logistical footprint ideal for storing in small hangars.
“The new V-150 is the perfect partner for our flagship Skeldar V-200,” explained David Willems, VP business development and strategy for the joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero Group, UMS Skeldar. “With target sectors including defense 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.”