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SAS14: Textron urge development of multi-fuel UAV engines

10th April 2014 - 15:40 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in National Harbor


A senior Textron executive has called for increased efforts in UAV engine development in order to decrease the logistical burden and increase the safety of unmanned operations in theatre.

The news follows the announcement that Textron’s latest multi-fuel engine for its Aerosonde UAV had reached 11,000 flight hours with David Phillips, VP of small and medium endurance UAS at Textron, urging other manufacturers to consider this type of engine.

‘It greatly simplifies the logistics because we’re using the same fuel as provided for jets and other manned aircraft,’ Phillips said. ‘The navy would like to see more UAV manufacturers getting

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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