Saab: Skeldar V-200 Successfully Completes Flight Test Milestones

  Saab: Skeldar V-200 Successfully Completes Flight Test Milestones

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LINKÖPING, Sweden -- May 15, 2013

Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has verified a number of key
capabilities of its Skeldar V-200 vertical lift UAS through flight campaigns
at different sites in US and Sweden demonstrating the system’s performance for
both land and sea based operations. A number of successful customer
demonstration flights have also been conducted.

High complexity flight envelopes such as fully autonomous flights were
conducted in both day and night conditions demonstrating convoy shadowing
capability, EO/IR sensor utilization, precision landing as well as long range
missions using Tactical Hand-Over between Ground Control Stations using Saab’s
flexible stationary and mobile ground control station.

In addition, a heavy fuel engine has now been verified through extensive
flight trials and an upgraded next generation version of the original design
aviation fuel engine has been delivered and is now cleared for flight test.

“The Skeldar V-200 has passed yet another important milestone in the program
with these key capabilities verified and demonstrated to various
customers,”says Mikael Franzén, Director of Saab’s Product Area Tactical UAS.

The unmanned system’s built in safety functionality confirmed contingency
behaviours in case of link loss including autonomous navigation in accordance
to predefined parameters as well as auto landing and shut down.

“The combination of two alternative engine types, a modular payload design,
and the ability to incorporate and utilise a variety of data link systems,
provides a true multi-mission capability for the Skeldar V-200 and a
flexibility that enables the customer successfully meet their mission
objectives on Land or at Sea,” concludes Mikael Franzén.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and
solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations
and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves
new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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