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AUVSI: Aurora announces new optionally manned aircraft

12th August 2009 - 20:33 GMT | by Darren Lake in Washington, DC


Aurora Flight Sciences is developing a new optionally manned aircraft based on the Diamond Aircraft DA42M. According to Aurora's president John Langford, the existing manned DA42M is mainly utilised as a manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system with 16 nations around the world utilising it in this roll.

The aircraft has been used over both Afghanistan and Iraq in the ISR roll with the UK in particualr having used the aircraft for such oeprations.

The new aircraft will have the Austro Engine diesel AE300 powerplant, rather than an existing Thielert engine, which received Federal Aviation Authority certification in July.

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Darren Lake


Darren Lake

Darren has more than two decades of experience in aerospace and defence journalism. After completing …

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