UMS and QinetiQ join Canadian Navy UAV program

Helicopters Staff
May 31, 2018
By Helicopters Staff
The UMS SKELDAR V-200 platform.
The UMS SKELDAR V-200 platform.
At CANSEC in Ottawa yesterday, UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems announced a partnership for the Royal Canadian Navy UAV program. The partnership between UMS and QinetiQ has been formed to enable both organizations to provide the platforms and solutions for a joint Canadian maritime program, including the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) UAV contract.

At CANSEC, UMS is highlighting its SKELDAR V-200 platform and QinetiQ is showcasing its Obsidian Counter UAV Drone Detection solution, both of which are described as next generation UAV technologies that will help fulfill the military and civilian maritime community’s UAV requirements.

“Both UMS and QinetiQ Target Systems have a proven track-record operating unmanned systems on ships, which we believe is a compelling proposition central to our highly targeted maritime program designed to provide the next generation in UAV capabilities,” said Carl Foucard, Head of Sales for UMS. “For example, with our world-class SKELDAR V-200, which is proven to run on heavy fuel, provides unrivalled TBO and operates multiple payloads all with a minimal logistical footprint, we have a VTOL platform that is completely fit for the maritime environment.”

Vincent Malley, International Business Development Manager for QinetiQ, added, “The use of technologies including UAVs, drone detection systems and next generation electronic warfare solutions are increasing year-on-year across the globe. For example, the requirement for multirole UAVs that can carry out a wide range of applications such as reconnaissance, identification, target acquisition and electronic warfare all the while being able to run on heavy fuels, is becoming ever greater in the maritime sector.

“With our combined capabilities and expertise,” continued Malley, “I expect QinetiQ Target Systems and UMS SKELDAR to successfully execute on a number of sizeable contracts not only in Canada, but in other countries across the globe, in the coming years.”

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