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IDEF 2023: MilDef from Sweden and UMS Skeldar introduce innovative remote pilot station console for defense sector.

| 2023

On June 25, 2023, MilDef, from Sweden, and UMS Skeldar jointly unveiled a state-of-the-art Remote Pilot Station (RPS) console designed to cater to the growing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the defense industry. The new console promises enhanced functionality, improved ergonomics, and an optimized workspace for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators.

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MilDef and UMS SKELDAR introduce innovative remote pilot station console for defense sector 925 MilDef and UMS SKELDAR introduce innovative remote pilot station console for the defense sector  (Picture source: MilDef and UMS Skeldar)

The collaboration between MilDef and UMS Skeldar has resulted in a bespoke pilot console specifically tailored for UMS Skeldar's V-200 platform. This console will be integrated into UAS operations to support maritime defense forces. A notable feature of the console is its ergonomic design and user-friendly interface, aimed at providing an intuitive and efficient UAS control experience. It can accommodate two operators, including the Pilot in Command (PIC) and the payload operator.

Daniel Ljunggren, CEO of MilDef Group, remarked on their selection as UMS Skeldar's partner and stated their commitment to offering solutions for remote control RPS, ensuring flexibility and reduced pilot fatigue. The venture is seen as an opportunity for MilDef to further strengthen its position in the digitalization of the battlefield and expand its total defense offering.

Richard Hjelmberg, Vice President of Business Development at UMS Skeldar, expressed appreciation for MilDef's contribution to creating the console and meeting their customers' operational needs. The console is seen as a step forward in providing an optimal workspace for flight operators.

The UMS Skeldar V-200 is a medium-range Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS known for its versatility, incorporating multiple sensors, a heavy fuel engine, and streamlined maintenance procedures. UMS Skeldar, a joint venture between Saab and UMS Aero Group, is a reputable provider of remotely piloted aircraft systems, offering various solutions, including the NATO-aligned rotary V-200 and the high-performance V-150 Unmanned Aircraft Systems, to defense clients globally. Their solutions cover development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, and managed services.

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