UMS SKELDAR has chosen Avalon 2019 in Australia for the world debut of its full-scale mock-up of the SKELDAR V-200 unmanned helicopter installed with the Wescam MX-8 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system.
David Willems, Head of Business Development for UMS SKELDAR, explains:
“This will be the first time we have had a full-scale SKELDAR V-200 on show in Australia for customers, potential customers and other interested parties to look around and analyse in terms of its full capabilities. With the Wescam MX-8 on show as well, we will be able to showcase how our platform uniquely handles multiple payloads, can fly over five hours and incorporates the industry leading Hirth Engines heavy fuel engine which provides significantly unmatched time between overhauls.”
The SKELDAR V-200 was conceived as a maritime platform, and is suitable for C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and SAR (Search and Rescue) roles. In addition, the SKELDAR V-200 uses Jet A-1, JP5 and JP8, kerosene-based fuel (NATO code F-34, F-44).
MX-8 is a small, light electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system designed for small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); light manned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions.
The system was designed and developed by L3 WESCAM, part of L3 Technologies.
The digital MX-8 has an installed weight of 15 pounds, or 6.8 kilograms, with a clearance level of less than 11 inches, and is capable of supporting up to four sensors simultaneously. It contains all the geolocation capabilities of L-3’s larger MX-Series systems and is equipped with an advanced image processing suite that produces real-time image enhancement across all sensors.