Last week UMS Skeldar announced the first contract for its Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing UAV, with the Indonesian ministry of defence. The Skeldar was deployed to the country in late 2016 as part of performance and acceptance tests, in advance of delivery and the start of operator training. Indonesia is acquiring the Skeldar V-200 for surveillance of the country’s long coastline, the system having proven its itself for both maritime and overland reconnaissance.
Since late 2015 the former Saab programme has been entrusted to a new joint venture, UMS Skeldar, which was formed with Swiss company UMS Aero holding 53 per cent and Saab 47 per cent. Having undertaken the type’s first public flight demonstration during last week’s Aero India show, the Skeldar V-200 is on show at IDEX on the Saab Stand 07- B41.
In addition to the V-200, UMS Skeldar offers the smaller R-350 rotary-wing UAV and two fixedwing platforms, the F-330 and F-720. The company has already supplied F-330s to the Indonesian army, localised as the Rajawali-330 in conjunction with Indonesian partner BDP (PT Bhinneka Dwi Persada).
Training on this system began in April last year.