Sentient and UMS SKELDAR sign MOU to provide ViDAR with NATO-compliant rotary SKELDAR V-200

Published on: June 2017

UMS SKELDAR, Europe’s only multi-platform RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) provider, deploys Sentient’s unmatched world-first optical radar system ViDAR in a tailored multiple camera configuration with SKELDAR V-200 – the only heavy fuel engine VTOL in its class PARIS

PARIS INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW, 21 June 2017 Sentient Vision Systems today announced an agreement with UMS SKELDAR, a world-leader in rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, to provide the ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) system for its unmanned systems.

UMS SKELDAR will incorporate the ViDAR payload into its fleet of flagship VTOL’s – the SKELDAR V-200, uniquely deploying five to ten cameras, providing between 180 and an optimal 360 degree maritime domain awareness for the first time.

ViDAR is a wide area autonomous detection system for electro-optic imagery in the maritime domain, enabling coverage over 80 times the ocean’s surface compared with existing electro-optic sensors. ViDAR transforms the utility of tactical UAS’s by giving them a ‘find’ function for the first time. Operators typically must rely on larger, more expensive aircraft to detect objects in the ocean; ViDAR provides the find capability in a smaller, more cost-effective payload.

“SKELDAR V-200 became part of our world-beating portfolio when Saab teamed up with UMS AERO just two years ago. Already recognised as the ideal UAV platform for navies worldwide and a range of maritime scenarios, development of this NATO-compliant platform is our strategic focus spearheading expansion of the business amongst maritime, military and civilian customers in global markets,” explained Axel Cavalli-Björkman, CEO of the Swedish-Swiss joint venture between Saab AB and UMS AERO Group.

David Willems, UMS SKELDAR Head of Business Development, explained that the incorporation of the ViDAR payload from Sentient was a logical extension of the strategy to ensure the dominance of SKLDAR V-200 in the maritime domain.

“As we develop our maritime customer base, ViDAR is complementary to our on-board and payload capabilities, and will play an important role in developing our footprint for both ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and SAR (search and rescue) operations.”

“ViDAR proved during demonstrations to both the US Coast Guard and to the Royal Navy in late 2016 just how much of a game changing technology it can be for finding small objects over wide areas of the open ocean – transforming maritime domain awareness” said Simon Olsen, Sentient’s Director of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships. ‘The opportunity to now provide ViDAR with SKELDAR V-200 provides our customers with a truly game changing small footprint, highly capable solution for small and large vessels alike”.

Sentient’s ViDAR optical radar autonomously scans the ocean around the air vehicle detecting any object on the surface of the ocean in real time. Ground Control Station operators are autonomously provided with an image and a location coordinate of each object found. Selecting any of those images cues the primary sensor to the object location for classification/identification. In recent demonstrations, ViDAR has autonomously detected fishing vessels beyond 14 nm, fast boats at more than 17 nm and a person overboard out to 1.9 nm from the aircraft.

UMS SKELDAR is Europe’s only provider of both rotary and fixed-wing UAVs. The line-up of platforms provides a comprehensive solutions portfolio including: the SKELDAR V-200 and Rotary R-350 and Fixed Winged F-330 and F-720.

About Sentient Sentient Vision Systems develops and deploys computer vision solutions for defense and civil applications. Since 1999 Sentient has specialized in video analytics with a primary focus on the development of automated detection software for full motion video. With over 1,000 systems deployed, Sentient’s solutions enhance the performance of EO/IR operations for many agencies and forces worldwide.

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UMS SKELDAR is a world leader in the design and manufacture of both vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) and fixed wing high-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Formed through a joint venture between UMS AERO Group and Saab, UMS SKELDAR is Europe’s only provider of both Rotary and Fixed Wing platforms. The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping) and offers a comprehensive unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions portfolio. The company provides a total solutions capability globally, including development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, managed services and finance options (incorporating purchase/leasing and lease purchase).

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Public Relations contact for UMS SKELDAR, Montpellier Public Relations Ltd. For further information please contact Philip Hicks on +44 (0) 7957 345188 or Andy Parker on +44 (0) 1242 211187