Military UAV provider UMS Skeldar is heading to sea as it has secured a contract to take up an unmanned surveillance role in Ocean2020 programme by European Defence Agency.
The agreement will see UMS Skeldar provide UAV capabilities with Skeldar V-200 as part of Ocean2020 programme, the first and most important European Defence Agency research tender for naval surveillance technology.
The company has been selected alongside partner Saab to be a part of the European Defence Funded initiative designed to boost technological research in the naval domain.
Ocean2020 is the first example to date of a cross-European military research programme, which will see unmanned platforms of different types (fixed wing, rotary wing, surface and underwater) integrated with naval units’ command and control centres to enable data exchange via satellite with command and control centres on land.
The joint and cooperative use of both manned and unmanned vehicles will also be demonstrated as part of the project.
As well as simulations, the initiative will involve two live demonstrations of maritime surveillance and interdiction operations, which will be conducted by European fleets using unmanned aircraft, surface vessels and underwater systems.
The first demonstration, scheduled to take place in the Mediterranean Sea in 2019, will be coordinated by the Italian Navy.