Search and Rescue UAV Successfully Tested

090218-N-3830J-492 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 18, 2009) Members of the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) search and rescue boat crew look on as a search and rescue swimmer is lifted from the ocean during a training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew D. Jordan/Released)

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V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle has successfully completed a five-day long surveillance flight trial. Designed for civilian and military missions, this Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) System benefits from a common control concept and user interface in the context of command, control, and payload management. 

The UAV is suited for a wide range of missions, from oil exploration platforms and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations to C4ISR missions from battlefield situations, border surveillance and security patrols.

The demonstrations were held by Swiss manufacturer UMS Skeldar aboard the OPV (offshore patrol vessel) Turva as part of the Valvonta2 project led by the Finnish Border Guard and funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The project aims to achieve an understanding of how authorities could use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for diverse and demanding operations at sea both now and in future scenarios.

The UAV has a heavy fuel capability and can be equipped with more than 15 different payloads.

The platform of choice for maritime-based missions worldwide, the V-200 has been previously selected by the German, Royal Canadian, Belgian, and Royal Netherlands Navies, providing embedded ‘eye in the sky’ intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to enhance its capacity to perform primary and secondary missions, according to the company’s announcement.