Within the framework of the “Maritime Operational Area” (AImEG) project, the German Navy covers the “Priority Need Marine-Unmanned Aircraft System for Class 130 Corvettes” (VorMUAS) with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) UMS SKELDAR V-200.
The UAS consists of two UMS SKELDAR V-200 aircraft including sensors powered by a heavy fuel oil engine, the integration of the system with a ground station on the BRAUNSCHWEIG class corvette, a spare parts package in addition to the training of operating and maintenance personnel. In the navy, it will be operated under the name SEA FALCON
UMS SKELDAR Proven
In 2018, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed a procurement contract with the prime contractor Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG). UMS SKELDAR will supply the aircraft of the same name, which will serve as a sensor carrier. With a maximum take-off weight of 234 kg, the device can carry a payload of 50 kg with an flight-endurance of five hours for reconnaissance and identification tasks.
After system tests on land and preparation for operation on board, the two aircraft were lifted onto the deck BRAUNSCHWEIG class corvette for static tests on 13th August 2020. These will be followed by flight tests to demonstrate the compatibility of the aircraft with the corvette and the performance of the UMS Skeldar.
“Of central technical importance here is the automatic take-off and landing capability,” wrote Martin Krükel, systems officer at BAAINBw, in an article for www.ESuT.de.
“The technology required for this is a radio-controlled positioning of the SEA FALCON above the landing deck. Although it is available on the market, it has not yet been possible to conclusively test its precision landing capability in high waves, for example,” he added.
This describes a focus for the currently ongoing tests. The tests should be completed by the end of 2020 and military flight approval should be granted. The system can then be used to extend the reconnaissance radius of the corvette.