Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company UMS Skeldar has acquired Hirth, bringing a two-stroke engine manufacturing capability in house.
The German engine company has been developing UAV engines for 30 years, it said, and carries out research and development in addition to the manufacture of powerplants at its Benningen, Germany site, with global sales co-ordinated from an office in Austria.
The existing partnership between the two companies led to the development of the heavy fuel engine that powers UMS’ Skeldar unmanned helicopter, and they jointly claim that this was the first in its class to meet NATO’s one-fuel policy to eliminate gasoline.
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