Defense and security company Saab has verified a number of key capabilities of its Skeldar V-200 vertical lift unmanned aircraft system (UAS) through flight campaigns at different sites in the U.S. and Sweden, demonstrating the system's performance for both land- and sea-based operations.
According to Saab, high-complexity flight envelopes, such as fully autonomous flights, were conducted in both day and night conditions, confirming the Skeldar V-200’s convoy shadowing capability, EO/IR sensor utilization and precision landing, as well as its application for long-range missions using tactical hand-over between ground control stations using Saab's flexible stationary and mobile ground control station.
In addition, Saab says 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.
Saab notes the unmanned system's built-in safety functionality confirmed contingency behaviors in case of link loss, including autonomous navigation in accordance to predefined parameters, as well as auto-landing and shutdown.
‘The combination of two alternative engine types, a modular payload design, and the ability to incorporate and utilize 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,’ says Mikael Franzen, director of Saab's product area tactical UAS.