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GA-ASI Tests PT6 E-Series Engine on MQ-9B RPA

Our Bureau - : Aug 17, 2022 - : 12:49 am

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has tested a PT6 E-Series model turboprop engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada on the MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

Multiple full-power engine tests were performed at GA-ASI’s Desert Horizon flight operations facility in El Mirage, Calif on July 29.

“We’ve enjoyed a long-term relationship with Pratt & Whitney,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Integrating their PT6 E-Series engine onto our MQ-9B SkyGuardian aircraft offers an alternate option for future customers that includes a 33 percent increase in power, dual channel electronic propeller and engine control system, as well as all the benefits of the PT6 engine family.”

According to GA-ASI, the PT6 E-Series will deliver the performance characteristics required as the company continues its development of MQ-9B capabilities.

“Our PT6 E-series is the ideal engine for this mission and we look forward to working with General Atomics on this important program,” said Jill Albertelli, president of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.

MQ-9B has airborne endurance of more than 40 hours in certain configurations and is capable of automatic takeoffs and landings under SATCOM-only control. It also is equipped with a GA-ASI developed Detect and Avoid system.

GA-ASI’s MQ-20 Avenger RPA uses Pratt & Whitney’s turbofan engine.

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