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UMS SKELDAR is celebrating another significant milestone for its flagship SKELDAR V-200 UAV after it was selected to be part of a new European Commission (EC) programme. In December 2020, the EC awarded a contract to the European Detect and Avoid System (EUDAAS) consortium – of which Saab is leading partner – to develop and validate a European Detect and Avoid (DAA) solution for safe insertion of large military Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in European air traffic.

The DAA system will provide the remote pilot with the ability to “see and avoid”, including a fully automatic collision avoidance function which will initiate manoeuvres to avoid collision with other aircraft if necessary. The system will be tested on several unmanned platforms, with UMS SKELDAR providing the V-200 for tests in Sweden. While the focus of the project is on military unmanned aircraft, the technology is applicable to civil systems and will be fully compliant with civil requirements. The programme will run for three years and work closely with civil developments in the field such as regulatory development with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and will contribute to standardisation within EUROCAE.

Jack Richardson