Nigel Pittaway | Pacific 2017, Sydney
UAS specialist UMS Skeldar used the opening day of Pacific 2017 to announce an innovative lease package offer in conjunction with US lease specialist JetLease for operation of its Skeldar V-200 platform.
Skeldar is a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS, powered by a heavy-fuel engine which the company says makes it ideal for operations from the deck of warships.
The package also includes optional payloads such as Australia’s Sentient Vision Systems’ ViDAR
The lease arrangements have a range of options, from basic financing to complete managed services, outsourcing of operations and logistics. They also have the option of dry and wet leasing and can be either long term, or short term, in increments of six months. David Willems, Business Development Director for UMS Skeldar said the package also includes optional payloads such as Australia’s Sentient Vision Systems’ ViDAR which utilises between five and ten cameras to provide between 180 and 360-degree coverage.
Willems said that there has already been strong interest in the concept and that discussions are underway with potential customers, which includes two governments and two private UAS operators.
UMS Skeldar also announced recently that is has been awarded AS/EN 9100 Quality Management System international accreditation, and is one of the first ever UAS manufacturers to be certified to this standard.
“This is the result of about a year’s work and it will result in higher customer confidence,” Willems said. “Together with the heavy fuel engine of Skeldar we think this gives us a competitive advantage in the UAS market place.”
He said the company is also looking to expand its presence in Australia and will set up a joint venture with Saab Australia to market the Skeldar V-200 system.