Saab partners with Swiss UAV
Saab and Swiss UAV (SUAV) have signed a strategic business agreement to cooperate within the Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) area. The agreement seeks to develop a family of cost-efficient vertical take off and landing (VTOL) Unmanned Airborne Systems.
The agreement covers collaboration regarding design and testing of the Skeldar system from Saab as well as the Neo and Koax systems from Swiss UAV, SUAV. SUAV has been developing VTOL UAS for several years, with two different VTOL UAS products Neo and Koax already flying today. These vehicles are smaller then Skeldar but still operate with an advanced autonomy system, ideal for compact land operations.
“For SUAV the partnership with Saab is a strategic landmark in the development of the company. The coming together of both companies will produce a new generation of VTOL UASs which will assert themselves in the hard-fought UAS market”, says Lars Zander, CEO of Swiss UAV.
The first flight trials have already been conducted in Switzerland with Skeldar, Neo and Koax. The purpose of these trials has been to verify autonomous behaviour and the capabilities of the systems. The Skeldar Ground Control Station can be used for all vehicles within the Saab/SUAV VTOL UAS family.