DA #4: A Glimpse into the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry with David Willems of UMS Skeldar

In this episode I interview David Willems from Switzerland, he is the Business Development Director at UMS Skeldar. We discuss on Systems, Customers, ethical issues behind Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry etc.

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UMS Skeldar is a world leader in the design and manufacture of both vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) and fixed wing high-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Formed through a joint venture between UMS Aero and SAAB Aerospace, UMS Skeldar is Europe’s only provider of both Rotary and Fixed Wing platforms. The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping) and offers a comprehensive solutions portfolio specializing in the 3-12+ hour endurance range.

The company provides a total solutions capability globally, including development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, managed services and finance options (incorporating purchase/leasing and lease purchase). It also provides associated systems including ground control stations, communications links and data terminals. With a highly active research and development programme UMS Skeldar provides solutions to a wide variety of military defense and civil security sectors globally.

Aircraft mentioned on this episode

  • F-330 Remotely Piloted Air System
  • F-720 Tactical Remotely Piloted Air System
  • R-350 VTOL Remotely Piloted Air System
  • SKELDAR V-200 VTOL Remotely Piloted Air System

Books mentioned on the show

  • Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor – The Autobiography

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