NW-88 engine development continues for UAVs
NW-88 heavy-fuel engine. (Photo: Northwest UAV)
Designed to power Group 3 UAVs with a maximum take-off weight of 75-150lb (34-68kg), the NW-88 is derived from the NW-44 produced by Northwest UAV.
Northwest UAV announced on 17 January that its NW-88 heavy-fuel engine ‘now supports five new [types of uncrewed] air vehicles’ tasked with performing ‘challenging and ground-breaking’ expeditionary ISR missions.
Designed to power Group 3 UAVs with a take-off weight of 75-150lb (34-68kg), the NW-88 is derived from the NW-44. The new engine has completed flight tests ‘with several of the aircraft, accruing hundreds of flight hours throughout 2021’, Northwest UAV claimed in a statement.
While Northwest did not specify which aircraft have test-flown the NW-88, among the Group 3 UAVs listed in the Shephard Defence Insight database are the Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle 3, the L3Harris Technologies FVR-90, the Aerosonde Hybrid Quadcopter SUAS and the V-Bat 118 and