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UMS V-150


Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)


Switzerland | 2020



"The UMS V-150 was unveiled in March of 2020 and is designated by its Maximum Take-Off Weight of 150 kilograms."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/30/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Revealed in February of 2020, the UMS Skeldar / UMS Aero Group "V-150" is a dimensionally smaller, lighter weight, and less expensive form of the earlier V-200 (detailed elsewhere on this site). Both are designed along the lines of a rotary-wing (helicopter) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), showcasing the inherently useful Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities of a traditional helicopter without the manned commitment. The designation "V-150" refers to its Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 150 kilograms and follows both the V-200 and V-350 air systems in development.

As finalized, the V-150 sports a running length of 10.5 feet and a rotor diameter of 11.5 feet, making it compact enough to be suitable for operations off of modestly-sized naval warships. Beyond its obvious military value, the type is also seen as a good fit for the oil and gas industry, as a general UAS training solution, in the Search and Rescue (SAR) role, the SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) role, and border protection / drug interdiction - any service requiring a relatively compact, easy-to-operate / easy-to-maintain UAS product.

At the front-end of the fuselage (in the "chin" position) is housed an Electro-Optical (EO) / InfraRed (OR) optics set offering real-time video processing / moving target detection to commanders on the ground. The aircraft can also be outfitted with a variety of mission-equipment covering enhanced (protected) communications and intelligence-gathering. The equipment is spread across two bays, the forward one rated for up to 12 kilograms and aft one for 30 kilograms. Beyond this, the V-150 is also seen as a modest re-supplier with its payload capable of transporting goods to forward-operating elements.

The V-150 has been tested with a gasoline-fueled turbine engine though production forms will feature a heavy-fuel rotary piston engine. This powerplant drives a three-bladed main rotor blade seated atop the fuselage as well as a two-bladed tail rotor unit facing starboard at the extreme end of the vehicle. Currently, the aircraft has a mission endurance window of about 2.5 hours when carrying a 12 kilogram payload aloft. A mission endurance of four hours is the target for future revisions on the product. It can operate in all-weather conditions during the day or in night time hours.

The vehicle's fuselage is streamlined as much as possible for aerodynamic efficiency and houses all pertinent systems. It sits on the ground by way of twin landing skids affixed to the bottom of the fuselage through a four-point system.

The V-150 is being marketed alongside the larger, more expensive V-200 series which was developed as a maritime unmanned helicopter system itself. The V-200 has seen operations with Canada, Germany, Indonesia, and Spain to date (2020).

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the UMS V-150 Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Rotary piston engine of unknown make, model, and output power driving a three-bladed main rotor unit and two-bladed tail rotor unit (facing starboard).
Propulsion
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the UMS V-150 Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
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(UNMANNED)
Crew
10.5 ft
3.20 m
O/A Length
11.2 ft
(3.40 m)
O/A Width
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the UMS V-150 Rotary-Wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
None. Payload consists of nose-mounted Electro-Optical / InfraRed (EO/IR) sensor; total payload clearance of up to 30 kilograms in primary bay and 12 kilograms in nose bay (42kg total).
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the UMS V-150 family line.
V-150 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the UMS V-150. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 2 Units

Contractor(s): UMS Skeldar - Switzerland
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Image of the UMS V-150
Image from official UMS Skeldar press release.

Mission Roles
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