Army’s FCT program expedites testing UAS engine

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As an “eye in the sky,” unmanned aircraft systems – also known as drones – provide valuable real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information for Soldiers to make more effective and quicker decisions, reducing tactical risk and saving lives.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering – Global Capability Programs Office, Foreign Comparative Testing Program – recently partnered with the U.S. Army Futures Command to test and evaluate a foreign technology for use in UAS. AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory tested the French Danielson aircraft engine at various altitudes to verify its performance and determine if it is a viable option to replace the medium range tactical UAS engine the Army currently uses. The Army engine, which was originally developed for ground vehicles and modified to fit UAS, will be phased out of manufacturing.

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