UMS SKELDAR will introduce the benefits of its modular SKELDAR V-150 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to key stakeholders attending this year’s UMEX tradeshow in Abu Dhabi. The SKELDAR V-150’s modular design not only accelerates customer maintenance schedules, but also brings with it the possibility of carrying out an engine exchange in just 15 minutes. Developing a design that allows the engine to be removed together with its supporting frame and ancillary equipment enables the complete set of components to become one easily exchangeable unit. Furthermore, an easily removable tail boom and rotor halve the storage and transportation length to just 1.6 m. Vice President of Campaigns, Richard Hjelmberg will be discussing this latest announcement on Saab stand 06-B10.
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UASs are often grounded for extended periods due to unnecessarily long service procedures. The root cause is often a design that restricts access to consumable components, requiring highly specialized maintenance technicians to work through unnecessarily lengthy service procedures.
Thanks to the SKELDAR V-150’s modular design and engine exchange system, an existing engine that has accumulated maximum service hours can be overhauled whilst a secondary engine is fitted in its place within just minutes. Another benefit is that routine system and engine maintenance can be performed far more efficiently, without the need for disassembly or removal of surrounding components. The ultimate aim is to enable end-users to carry out maintenance on the UAS quickly and cost-effectively, greatly increasing operational efficiency.
"At UMS SKELDAR, we aim to constantly develop our VTOL platforms based on customers’ requirements,” explains Richard Hjelmberg. “Ease of maintenance and reduced overhaul times are areas that are often overlooked by our competitors. UMS SKELDAR’s maintenance solutions fulfil a crucial need that enable the SKELDAR V-150 to spend more time in the air delivering intelligence. Thanks to its modular design, our SKELDAR V-150 provides customers with exactly what they require: the ability to perform routine servicing and overhauls without unnecessarily disassembling elements of the UAS every time.”
Alongside efficient maintenance procedures, the SKELDAR V-150 has been designed to have a small logistical footprint. Innovations such as an easily removable tail boom and rotor make it ideal for sea and land-based operations where space is at a premium. This is especially useful for mobile tactical operations, where the requirement to be fully operational in a matter of minutes is of utmost importance.