Skeldar V-200 suc­cess­fully com­pletes flight test mile­stones

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De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab has ver­i­fied a num­ber of key ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its Skeldar V-200 ver­ti­cal lift UAS through flight cam­paigns at dif­fer­ent sites in US and Swe­den demon­strat­ing the sys­tem’s per­for­mance for both land and sea based op­er­a­tions. A num­ber of suc­cess­ful cus­tomer demon­stra­tion flights have also been con­ducted.

High com­plex­ity flight en­velopes such as fully au­ton­o­mous flights were con­ducted in both day and night con­di­tions demon­strat­ing con­voy shad­ow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, EO/IR sen­sor util­i­sa­tion, pre­ci­sion land­ing as well as long-range mis­sions us­ing tac­ti­cal hand-over be­tween ground con­trol sta­tions us­ing Saab’s flex­i­ble sta­tion­ary and mo­bile ground con­trol sta­tion.

In ad­di­tion, a heavy fuel engine has now been ver­i­fied through ex­ten­sive flight tri­als and an up­graded next-gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of the orig­i­nal de­sign avi­a­tion fuel engine has been de­liv­ered and is now cleared for flight test.

“The Skeldar V-200 has passed yet an­other im­por­tant mile­stone in the pro­gramme with th­ese key ca­pa­bil­i­ties ver­i­fied and demon­strated to var­i­ous cus­tomers,” says Mikael Franzén, Di­rec­tor of Saab’s Prod­uct Area Tac­ti­cal UAS.

The un­manned sys­tem’s built-in safety func­tion­al­ity con­firmed con­tin­gency be­hav­iours in case of link loss in­clud­ing au­ton­o­mous nav­i­ga­tion in ac­cor­dance to pre­de­fined pa­ram­e­ters as well as auto land­ing and shut down.

“The com­bi­na­tion of two al­ter­na­tive engine types, a mod­u­lar pay­load de­sign, and the abil­ity to in­cor­po­rate and utilise a va­ri­ety of data link sys­tems, pro­vides a true multi-mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity for the Skeldar V-200 and a flex­i­bil­ity that en­ables the cus­tomer suc­cess­fully meet their mis­sion ob­jec­tives on land or at sea,” con­cludes Mikael Franzén.

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