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Aug 15, 2005
Thielert-Flugmotoren in UAVs
Hamburg, Germany, - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), received the contract for the “Systems Development and Demonstration“ phase of the US Army’s Extended Range Multi-Purpose UAV programme (ER/MP). This involves a UAV of the model ‘Warrior’, which is powered by a Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) Centurion 1.7 jet fuel aircraft engine.
The first flight of the ‘Warrior’ took place on 25 October 2004. GA-ASI added the jet fuel engine especially to meet the US Army’s goal of using a single fuel for all systems (DoD Directive 4140.25). The Warrior UAV is the diesel version of the well-known Predator and is intended to be deployed by the US Army for long endurance surveillance, communications relay, and weapons delivery missions.
The installation of the Centurion 1.7 allows the ‘Warrior’ to fly at an altitude of over 7,000 metres – and with improved engine performance and fuel consumption. Additionally, the engine reduces maintenance costs, has a longer lifespan and facilitates field logistics considerably, as diesel fuel is more easily available.
For Thielert the use of this engine in the ER/MP programme represents a consolidation of its defence technology business and means further growth due to development contracts.