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The tactical UAV V-200 was the first in the world among drones of this type to autonomously take off and land on an offshore platform


At the international arms exhibition IDEX-2021, which is taking place these days in Abu Dhabi (UAE), an important event was marked for the unmanned aviation... It is reported that the tactical UAV V-200 of a helicopter type from the western company UMS SKELDAR became the first drone of this type in the world to take off from the deck and land on it completely autonomously.

The Swedish-Swiss company announced that the V-200 UAV took part in the "unique exercises" ATOL, which took place directly within the framework of the military-technical forum in the UAE.

From developer post:

Previously, such platforms operated in manual take-off and landing mode - for example, using a joystick or a special tablet, now all these operations were performed by the drone in a completely autonomous mode.

It is added that to activate the drone "only one button was pressed", after which the V-200 made an autonomous take-off, was in the air for some time, and then landed on a sea platform.

Autonomous movement in the air with landing on a sea platform is carried out using a laser altimeter, a GPS system. The computer program chooses the best landing option, including depending on the sea level.

From UMS SKELDAR post:

This development is in the final phase of testing before delivery to our NATO customers.

David Willem from UMS SKELDAR:

These are unique challenges. This has never happened before for an apparatus intended for military use. We originally conceived SKELDAR V-200 as a marine drone, and now we have secured our 1st place in the world for its autonomous operation.

Some characteristics: propeller diameter - 4,6 m, weight - about 235 kg, maximum speed - 150 km / h, service ceiling - 3000 m, maximum autonomous flight time - 5 hours. The drone uses several options for aviation fuel: Jet A-1, JP5, JP8.
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  1. Insurgent
    Insurgent 22 February 2021 09: 58
    to activate the drone "only one button was pressed"

    Did Urri find this ill-fated button?

    1. Victor_B
      Victor_B 22 February 2021 10: 02
      Quote: Insurgent
      Did Uri find this ill-fated button?

      And Russian hackers will click on it!
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 22 February 2021 10: 07
        Quote: Victor_B
        And Russian hackers will click on it!

        Well yes yes ... Everything without exception that is in one way or another integrated and involved in the "network", of any level of security, will eventually be hacked by the program code, or limited in operation by means of electronic warfare and electronic warfare.
        1. Mitroha
          Mitroha 22 February 2021 10: 18
          GPS systems

          Already a weak link subject to vulnerability from electronic warfare devices
  2. Anar
    Anar 22 February 2021 10: 15
    All theory ... in reality, apart from Israel, Turkey and partly the United States, practically no one has experienced UAVs in real combat. There are many smart inventors who can create them, I watched a video on YouTube of how Russian young guys make excellent UAVs themselves (of course, at the level allowed by law), which, if allowed, will be no worse than the above sample.
    So these decks until they pass the baptism of fire are all prototypes and it is not very correct to call them weapons ...
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 22 February 2021 10: 30
      Quote: Anar
      All theory ... in reality, apart from Israel, Turkey and partly the United States, practically no one has experienced UAVs in real combat.

      Yes ? Neither Iran, nor the PRC ("by proxy"), and now the Russian Federation with Orion and kamikaze drones, have not used them in combat conditions?

      And what is "real combat" for a UAV? It may be more correct and logical to call - real combat situation ?
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      2. Anar
        Anar 22 February 2021 11: 07
        Combat conditions when there is a full-scale war with many thousands of sorties with many thousands of raids in the conditions of the enemy's air defense. Moreover, the apparatus itself, as a "single", should fly like crazy, but the tactics of warfare should be based on this type of weapon. This is called baptism of fire.
        A couple of sorties of a single apparatus in the absence of tactics and the uselessness of evading enemy air defense are tests of the apparatus's performance.
    2. Nestor Vlakhovski
      Nestor Vlakhovski 22 February 2021 11: 12
      In a real battle, UAVs were not even tested, but were actively used as the main striking force for dozens of countries, the Turks here are lagging behind.
      Back in Iraq, American drones pretty much knocked out Hussein's army.
      Excellent drones for 10 years as anyone can buy on the Internet.
  3. Dikson
    Dikson 22 February 2021 11: 38
    The main problem of the use of such UAVs at sea is magnetic interference, which is created by the carrier itself .. In "household" Drones, when taking off and landing on a ship, the roof blows away and they get confused in coordinates and planes ..)))