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Skeldar V-200 selected for OCEAN2020

24th January 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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UMS Skeldar has received a contract to provide unmanned surveillance capabilities using the Skeldar V-200 UAS as part of the OCEAN2020 programme, the company announced on 22 January.

The European Defence Agency's OCEAN2020 programme will see different types of unmanned platforms - fixed wing, rotary wing, surface and underwater - integrated with naval units’ command and control centres to enhance European naval surveillance and interdiction capabilities.

OCEAN2020 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. The second demonstration, scheduled to take place in 2020 in the Baltic Sea, will be conducted by the Swedish Navy. The data collected by various systems during these two demonstrations will be processed and sent to a prototype European C2 centre in Brussels.

Axel Cavalli-Björkman, CEO for UMS Skeldar, said: ‘We are very pleased to be a part of the partnership team selected to deliver the OCEAN2020 initiative.

‘The global maritime sector is a key target for us in 2018 and beyond, which is why this contract fits perfectly within our business strategy. With a world-class UAV in our Skeldar V-200, which not only runs on heavy fuels, but can also operate multiple payloads, we have a platform that is completely fit for purpose.’

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