April 21, 2020 – Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS SKELDAR, has selected end-to-end Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) provider 360iSR to deliver specialist operational support from Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development to mission specific training for ISR operators, sensor operators and intelligence analysts.
“ISR is the future of modern warfare and of decision making in complex environments,” explains Ewen Stockbridge Sime, Founding Director of 360iSR. “We are providing to UMS an end-to-end ISR training solution, from the initial operating concept to full operational capability (FOC). Our specialisation is in ensuring that any end-user of an ISR capability can maximise value through integrated and synchronised operations. We strive to work with the end user to help them achieve FOC quicker.”
With new rules of engagement coming in the next 12 months in the UAS industry, the need for change in the way training is delivered has become a must. A vital part of any UAS campaign, UMS has overhauled the way its training strategies and courses are delivered by adding not only specialist ISR training, but also by constantly reviewing its offering against the highest quality UAV standards.
David Willems, VP Business Development and Strategy for the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP, UMS SKELDAR, adds:
“This new partnership with one of the leading ISR organisations, 360ISR, will add significant weight to our training provision moving forwards. The dynamic nature of the mission space, especially in the military and maritime sectors, demands that we not only stay up-to-date with our wider UAV services, but also continually improve them in order to stay ahead of both the industry and the impending regulations.”
UMS SKELDAR’s portfolio of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) rotary UAVs currently incorporates the unmatched SKELDAR V-200 and the newly launched V-150. Thanks to its pioneering heavy fuel engine that operates on Jet A-1, JP5 and JP8, alongside an ability to fly for over five hours with multiple payloads and extended time between overhauls (TBO), the SKELDAR V-200 is the global navies’ VTOL UAV of choice. The V-150, on the other hand, is an ITAR-free high-performance UAV that operates on a turbine engine propulsion system that uses heavy fuels. Including an ability to carry multiple payloads across two payload bays (up to 30 kg in the main bay and up to 12 kg in the nose), the V-150’s modular design enables a high degree of maintainability alongside a minimum turn-around time during operations.