Kratos to Develop Turboshaft Engine for Group 3 UAVs

By Mike Ball / 27 Jun 2021

Kratos turboshaft engineKratos Defense & Security Solutions‘ Turbine Technologies Division (KTT) has been awarded a contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to design, build, assemble and test an affordable turboshaft engine for Group 3 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The engine will be designed to produce the electrical power required for advanced hybrid electric aircraft. The work will be performed under the Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission (ATTAM) program.

The award follows the successful completion of multiple programs during which KTT completed concept and engine trade studies for Group 3 UAVs. This next stage will involve completion of the engine development for flight testing and demonstration of the high-power-to-weight, high-efficiency, and increased durability of the recuperated engine design.

Stacey Rock, President of Kratos Turbine Technologies Division, commented: “The recent award demonstrates KTT’s commitment to developing high-performing and affordable engines for the warfighter. All of Kratos is focused on supporting the United States warfighter and industrial base, including making significant investments in the development and production of next generation engines and supporting STEM opportunities in the USA. We look forward to continuing to support AFRL in the development of transformative and affordable turbine engine technologies.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact