Orbital UAV signs $3.5M contract with Singapore Defence customer – sUAS News – The Business of Drones
UAV engine development program progresses to second stage of engineering work and provides pathway to production
PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Orbital Corporation Ltd (‘Orbital UAV’, ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce it has signed a contract worth A$3.5 million with its major Singapore customer.
The second stage engineering contract follows the initial engine design, development and integration
contract signed in 2020 and the successful delivery and acceptance of three prototype engine systems
delivered across 2021.
“We are delighted to move this significant program into the next stage of development. With this contract, we now have a clearly defined pathway through to production, representing an opportunity for Orbital UAV to establish itself in a new geography with growth potential in the mid-term,” said Todd Alder, CEO and Managing Director of Orbital UAV.
Orbital UAV signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) and initial contract with its Singapore based customer in March 2020 for the design, development and production of multi-fuel UAV engines (see ASX announcement 19 March 2020). As outlined in the MoU, both parties have now agreed terms
and conditions for the next phase of the program.
The Design & Development and Verification & Validation contract signed will see Orbital UAV
conduct further engineering work and deliver three additional prototype engine systems during financial
Subject to the successful delivery and acceptance of the work outlined, the parties have agreed a timeline
for the delivery of production-quality engine systems beginning in financial year 2024.
“This contract demonstrates the material progress we have achieved with our prestigious Singapore
customer and our broader customer diversification strategy. We look forward to delivering this phase of
the program over the next 12 months and taking the next step towards production,” said Mr Alder.
The latest contract is effective from July 2022.