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The Spanish Navy concludes trials with the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) ‘Skeldar V-200’
As of mid-September, the UAV is scheduled to operate from the BAM ‘Meteoro’, deployed in the Indian Ocean
Tuesday, 03 de September de 2013


The Spanish Navy has concluded integration trials of the Unmanned Air Vehicle ‘Skeldar V-200’ in Canary Islands waters on board the Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Relámpago’ before deploying in the theatre of operations.

As of mid-September, the UAV is scheduled to operate from the BAM ‘Meteoro’, currently deployed in the Indian Ocean taking part in operation ‘Atalanta’ in the fight against piracy.

With this deployment, the Spanish Navy brings to a close one of the main milestones of the first stage of the procurement program of UAVs. The Swedish firm SAAB has been awarded a contract for the provision of services for the deployment of its ‘Skeldar V-200’ System (rotary-wing and heavy fuel) on board a Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel in operation ‘Atalanta’.

With the expertise gained in the theatre of operations, the Spanish Navy will start the second stage of the program deciding which specific UAV model will finally procure.

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Noteworthy Activities

  • Como parte del Plan General de Vigilancia de Pesca del año 2014, el Patrullero de Altura ‘ARNOMENDI’ participará en la campaña internacional NEAFC en aguas del mar de Irminguer para el control de la flota pesquera que faena en esas aguas.

  • The SNMG-2 is made up of an assortment of frigates and logistic ships from different NATO nations.

  • Operation ‘Atalanta’ is the first naval operation led by the European Union and is a clear example of the European Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in harmony with several UN Security Council resolutions.

  • The ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ has set sail to start the second stage of her midshipmen training cruise where they continue with their 4th year studies on board.

  • The schedule of events is very tight. From the very first day several meetings were organized to prepare the maneuvers we are about to participate with the Turkish Navy: ‘Dogu Akdeniz’

  • During this two and a half month-long deployment, the ‘Infanta Elena’ will participate in several APS maritime security exercises.

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