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Saab V-200 Skeldar

Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Saab V-200 Skeldar

Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)


The Skeldar was developed by the Swedish Saab concern as a rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
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ORIGIN: Sweden
YEAR: 2013
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Saab - Sweden
OPERATORS: Indonesia; Spain (possible)

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Saab V-200 Skeldar model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 13.12 feet (4 meters)
WIDTH: 16.40 feet (5 meters)
HEIGHT: 4.27 feet (1.3 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 441 pounds (200 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Internal 55 horsepower engine driving a two-bladed main rotor and two-bladed tail rotor.
SPEED (MAX): 81 miles-per-hour (130 kilometers-per-hour; 70 knots)
RANGE: 93 miles (150 kilometers; 81 nautical miles)
CEILING: 14,764 feet (4,500 meters; 2.80 miles)

None. Mission equipment up to 40 kilograms total.

Series Model Variants
• "Skeldar" - Base Series Name
• V-150 - Development Version
• V-200 - Production Version


Detailing the development and operational history of the Saab V-200 Skeldar Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 6/13/2018. Authored by Dan Alex. Content ©
The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new development in the UAV field that is primarily dominated by fixed-wing implements with a few notable exceptions. The Skeldar makes use of a 55 horsepower engine powering a two-bladed main rotor assembly and a two-bladed tail rotor assembly to reach altitudes of 2,400 meters and operates in the same horizontal/vertical manner as a traditional helicopter. While not armed in any way, the UAV is more akin to the early generation of unmanned vehicles centering on information gathering and specialized equipment-minded payloads. As such, the Skeldar is being developed with maritime patrol, light transport, electronic warfare and surveillance in mind. It is being marketed as a multirole solution to which the aircraft can be fielded from land bases or at sea - making it a tempting product for armies and navies of the world.

The benefits of a rotary-wing UAV over that of a fixed-wing UAV are the same as in the full-sized manned versions of similar aircraft. Rotary-wing aircraft do not require runways to take-off or land from and can hover over areas while distributing cargo without landing. The added benefit of an unmanned helicopter is rather obvious as no pilot or crew are placed in harm's way during missions. In this fashion, the Skeldar holds some inherent benefits in its design over that of traditional fixed-wing UAVs currently in service. Control is provided for by a ground station and applicable crew. The Skeldar is categorized as a "medium range" UAV solution and sports automated landing and take-off procedures which allows for "hands-off" operation of the system by ground personnel. The aircraft is not wholly autonomous, however, and still reliant upon the ground control station to make mid-air changes to the flight parameters.

Design of the UAV is rather basic featuring a finely contoured fuselage shell encompassing the avionics, engine, fuel stores, applicable mission equipment and empennage. Its configuration is consistent with full-scale rotary-type aircraft in that there is a main rotor assembly set atop a short mast at the center of the design with a small tail rotor facing portside and driven by an internal shaft through a short fuselage stem. The entire structure sits atop a reinforced, two-point skid assembly - essentially the fixed undercarriage form common to many commercial and military helicopters. Overall length is 4 meters with a width of 1.2 meters and height of 1.3 meters. The system is cleared to carry up to 40 kilograms of mission equipment and yields a maximum take-off weight of 200 kilograms. Operational speeds are approximately 130 km/h with a range out to 150 km and maximum altitude of 2,400 meters. The aircraft is listed with a mission endurance time of 5 hours.

The Skeldar UAV is based on the original CybAero APID 55 unmanned system. CybAero was founded in 2003 as an aerospace and defense industry contractor specializing primarily in the design and development of UAV systems. The Skeldar was born in a 2005 initiative headed by Saab which eventually produced the initial Skeldar V-150 mark in 2006. Further work on the type then evolved to become the V-200 mark. Today, the Skeldar remains an ever-evolving, yet promising, UAV product.

The Skeldar name is derived from Nordic for "Shield".


General Assessment

Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (81mph).

Graph average of 75 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Saab V-200 Skeldar's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production (10)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

Altitude Visualization
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Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

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