Orbital UAV has confirmed the delivery of the first UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) engine system to one of Singapore’s largest defence companies. Orbital had previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company for the design, development and initial low rate production of a number of multi-fuel UAV engines.
Phase 1 of the MoU, which is now complete, was for the development, integration and supply of an engine system for evaluation and acceptance by the customer. Phase 2 of development, which Orbital has already begun, encompasses the supply of a small number of additional prototype engines for further evaluation requirements. Assuming the success of Phase 2, Phase 3 will see the customer authorise a low-rate production run of the multi-fuel engine.
Todd Alder, CEO and Managing Director of Orbital UAV, commented: “Delivery of the first engine system to our Singapore defence customer marks the completion of a significant milestone within the engine development program. The engine represents the latest innovations in UAV propulsion capabilities providing best in class performance to our customer. We are now working, under contract, on Phase 2 and confirming requirements and terms and conditions for Phase 3 of the program.”
“I am pleased with the progress we have made with our customer diversification strategy over the past 18 months and our ability to deliver against the development program milestones we have set out. Orbital UAV continues to increase its status within the global UAV defence industry, enhancing our reputation as a world leader in the design, development and production of engines for tactical UAVs.”