In the following weeks, Orbital UAV will deliver a test engine to Anduril for evaluation.
On May 11, Orbital UAV announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Anduril Industries to “work on concepts, products, and technical solutions in the uncrewed arena.”
Orbital, based in Australia, said it will work with Anduril ‘where there is a mutual interest in meeting customer demands and expectations.’
The MoU provides a ‘opportunity to demonstrate not only our superior heavy fuel engine capability, but also supports Orbital UAV in taking the first steps toward building a long-term partnership to support Anduril’s growing portfolio of hardware and software products,’ according to Orbital CEO Todd Alder.
With the MoU in place, Orbital UAV will send a test engine to Anduril in Q2 2022 for evaluation.
Orbital already has R&D agreements in place for UAV engines with Textron subsidiary Lycoming Engines, Northrop Grumman, and an unnamed Singapore customer.
The Ghost 4 autonomous VTOL UAS, ALTIUS-600 UAS, and Anvil C-UAS system are among Anduril’s UAVs and related technologies.
Furthermore, Anduril’s Lattice backbone is delivering AI-based C-UAS software to US special forces, and the company is collaborating with the Royal Australian Navy on a programme for extra-large AUVs.