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UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems announce partnership at CANSEC


UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems have partnered as part of Royal Canadian Navy UAV programme.


Global pioneer of NATO-compliant rotary Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, UMS SKELDAR, has joined forces with world-leading provider of unmanned air, land and surface vehicle targets QinetiQ Target Systems. The partnership has been formed to enable both organisations to provide the platforms and solutions for a joint Canadian maritime program, including the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) UAV contract.

With platforms like the SKELDAR V-200 and QinetiQ’s Obsidian Counter UAV Drone Detection solution taking centre stage at CANSEC 30 – 31 May, this will provide an opportunity to see the next generation of UAV technologies in action, and to discuss how this new partnership will provide the solutions to the military and civilian maritime community’s UAV requirements. Carl Foucard, Head of Sales for UMS SKELDAR, explains:

“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 programme designed to provide the next generation in UAV capabilities. For example, with our world-class SKELDAR V-200, which is proven to run on heavy fuel, provides unrivalled TBO (Time Before Overhaul) 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 Target Systems, says:

“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, 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.”

CANSEC, which is being held at the EY Centre in Ottawa Canada between 30 and 31 May, has been held annually in Ottawa since 1998 by the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI). Showcasing leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units, this two-day event is the largest defence industry event in Canada.

For more information visit stand 414 at CANSEC or find out more about the event here.