Skel­dar UAS op­er­a­tionally de­ployed by the Span­ish Navy

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab’s un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS) Skel­dar is now op­er­a­tionally de­ployed on-board the off­shore pa­trol ves­sel BAM Me­te­oro. Skel­dar is sup­port­ing the Span­ish Navy with sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties while tak­ing part in the EU Atalanta op­er­a­tion in the Gulf of Aden.

Ear­lier this year Saab an­nounced a con­tract to de­ploy the Skel­dar UAS for mar­itime op­er­a­tions. Skel­dar is now op­er­a­tionally de­ployed on-board the Span­ish Navy’s off­shore pa­trol ves­sel BAM Me­te­oro.

Mikael Franzén, Di­rec­tor of Saab’s Prod­uct Area Tac­tial UAS com­ments:

“The Skel­dar UAS is op­er­ated to­gether with a manned he­li­copter to en­hance the ves­sel’s surveil- lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing its mis­sion to fight piracy as part of the EU Atalanta op­er­a­tion in the Gulf of Aden.”

Prior to the Atalanta de­ploy­ment, suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion tri­als were con­ducted on-board the BAM Relám­pago in the waters out­side the Ca­nary Is­lands.

“Since sign­ing the first con­tact we are see­ing an in­creas­ing in­ter­est for Skel­dar where more and more po­ten­tial cus­tomers are dis­cov­er­ing Skel­dar’s unique strengths and fea­tures, in­clud­ing air­wor­thi­ness, heavy fuel en­gine, high per­for­mance and op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity,” con­cludes Mikael Franzén.

Skel­dar is a ro­tary-wing, short- to medium-range UAV that can be con­trolled from a tai­lored con­trol sta­tion. It can be equipped with a wide range of pay­loads, in­clud­ing sur­veil­lance, re­con­nais­sance, tar­get ac­qui­si­tion and 3D map­ping. The sys­tem can be used for both civil and mil­i­tary pur­poses.

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