Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems has unveiled models of its new Damselfly vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle, with the actual flying prototype remaining behind closed doors at the company’s facility at the ParcAberporth UAV centre in west Wales.

The model reveals new details of the unique thrust vector nozzling system used by the aircraft. Each nozzle is not only independently controlled, but contains steerable vanes allowing a further tier of control over efflux strength and direction.

The air vehicle wing has twin sensor pods mounted on the tips, and also incorporates flaps for control at speed. The UAV is expected to be able to fly at 150kt (280km/h).

The flying prototype is electric powered and made its debut sortie in April this year. Selex plans to convert that aircraft to support a gas powerplant for extensive flight testing from September at the ParcAberporth site.

 Damselfly front view
 Damselfly vector nozzel
 Damselfly vector nozzel detail

Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems press release...


Source: Flight International