Perth technology company Orbital UAV has delivered the first engine system to an undisclosed Singapore defence customer.
Last year, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ‘one of Singapore’s largest defence companies’ for the design, development and initial low rate production of multi-fuel engines for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The initial contract and Phase 1 of the MoU – which covered the development, integration and supply of an engine system for evaluation and acceptance by the customer – has now been completed.
Phase 2, which is now underway, involves the supply of a small number of additional prototype engines for further evaluation requirements by the customer.
Following the successful completion and acceptance of Phases 1 and 2, the customer ‘may authorise a low rate production run of the multi-fuel engine’.
Orbital UAV’s CEO and Managing Director Todd Alder said the delivery of the first engine system to the company’s Singapore defence customer marked 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,” Mr Alder continued.
“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.”