UMS Skeldar, a global pioneer of NATO-compliant rotary vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV solutions, has unveiled its latest innovation in UAV technology.
In a bid to create a wider competitive advantage for its flagship unmanned helicopter, the company has announced the launch of the Skeldar V-200B, a comprehensive modification of its mid-sized heavy fuel engine VTOL.
The upgraded V-200B boasts enhanced features, including extended endurance, engine management system and payload capabilities.
The Skeldar V-200B completed its trials earlier in 2018, following an intensive modification audit, based on in-theatre performance feedback and the strategic imperative to further widen competitive advantage.
The announcement was made in tandem with a production drive in Sweden to support its worldwide marketing programme targeting maritime customers.
The commitment to comprehensive modifications was announced at Farnborough International Airshow 2018, taking place from July 16 to 22, in the UK.
David Willems, head of business development at UMS Skeldar, said: “It is no secret that more players are attempting to enter the maritime market for rotary UAVs. Recent navy contracts have stipulated the role and specification, and this has confirmed our strategy of development is absolutely the right move at the right time.
“We are able to fly longer, over five hours, at maximum payload capacity through weight savings from design modifications and our 2-stroke engine configuration provides significantly unmatched time between overhauls (TBO), all of which are vital to maritime operations by military and civilian customers.”