MRO & technical support services for rotary unmanned UAV portfolio
UMS Skeldar announced at Land Forces 2018 in Adelaide on 4 September that it has entered into an agreement with Airflite Pty Ltd to provide exclusive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and technical support services for the rotary unmanned UAV portfolio, including the NATO-compliant SKELDAR V-200 and its variants.
According to the agreement Airflite, with operations across Australia, will become a technical support partner to UMS SKELDAR, providing support staff and maintenance and engineering services for the V-200 and its variants. Airflite’s operations include facilities at four airports and two air force bases, covering Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria and providing access to MRO services across the continent for land and sea-based customers.
UMS SKELDAR says the agreement provides another building block for Australia to become the regional base for Pacific Rim support operations, as the company develops its operational footprint with military and civilian customers across the region. The company has already signaled its interest in Australian contracts, including services for the Royal Australian Navy next stage UAV tender. The line-up of partners in Australia includes Perth-based Orbital Corporation (providing heavy fuel licensed technology for the engines specially developed by Hirth Engines), Sentient Vision Systems of Melbourne and Saab Australia (Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Rockingham WA).
“This is a significant milestone in the development of our global operational support network. Our twin focus of land and sea rotary capabilities, together with state-of-the-art engineering and avionics, demands the very best technical support. We are confident that Airflite, with their impressive customer portfolio, will play an important part in our expansion of services and capabilities in Australia, New Zealand and the wider region,” stated UMS SKELDAR CEO, Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman.
“This agreement not only confirms our position as the number one choice for MRO in Australasia, but signals the commitment to Australia by such a prestigious UAV innovator. We look forward to a fruitful partnership,” added Airfilte Managing Director, Homer Constantinides.