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Swedish FMS to test CybAero VTOL UAS

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has selected CybAero APID VTOL UAS for flight testing from the Swedish Navy’s Visby class corvette in 2015.

The flight tests will be performed as part of work to test the strategic and tactical benefit of using VTOL UAS onboard Swedish Navy vessels.

CybAero is working to expand its footprint of its APID 60 UAS within the maritime domain, with the company’s first maritime application customer – China Customs – set to receive its first units shortly.

Mikael Hult, CEO, CybAero, said: ‘We are, of course, very proud to have been selected, and this is a testament to the high level of confidence FMV has placed in us.

‘Now that we have been chosen by FMV to conduct the test and demonstration flights, we have a great opportunity to put our systems on display, and this will serve as a good reference point for potential clients in Sweden and abroad.’

The APID 60 VTOL UAS is designed to carry a payload of up to 50kg in difficult maritime conditions, including poor visibility and strong winds. It can carry a range of sensors including video camera, IR thermal imaging camera, jammer, microwave radio equipment, biochemical sensors, laser scanner, and ground radar. Flights are planned and controlled from the Ground Control Station, with an encrypted digital data link providing real-time information relay within a range of up to 200km.