taps UAL Engines and Rockwell Collins for new SHADOW engines
Tim Baxter, the U.S. Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS) and his deputy, Mr. Rich Kretzschmar, briefed reporters on their organization’s programs and systems
at this week’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Col. Baxter related that PM UAS had recently down-selected to two companies -- UAV Engines
Limited (UEL) and Rockwell Collins – to provide improved heavy fuel engines for the RQ-7B Shadow, the Army’s venerable
tactical UAS program of record.
Each of the contractors will integrate two engines
with a target Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 8, and perform flight trials. The Army is seeking better performance,
lower acoustic signature, and doubling of the Mean Time Between Essential Function Failure (MTBEFF) of the engine to more
1000 hours. Once testing is complete, the Army may buy one or both of these engines.