Cubewano's US UAV success

Birmingham-based engine maker Cubewano will shortly be supplying its heavy-fuel engines for the US Army BCTM Class1 UAV program.

The UAV's prime contractor is Honeywell, and the engine in question is a version of Cubewano's Reno 42 LC heavy-fuel, liquid-cooled rotary engine.


Birmingham-based engine maker Cubewano will shortly be supplying its heavy-fuel engines for the US Army BCTM Class1 UAV program.

The UAV's prime contractor is Honeywell, and the engine in question is a version of Cubewano's Reno 42 LC heavy-fuel, liquid-cooled rotary engine.

Cubewano is also introducing two new engines for small UAVs, the Banshee 34, in air- and liquid-cooled versions. The air-cooled version is targeted at fixed-wing aircraft, the liquid-cooled for hotter-running vertical take-off and landing platforms. Both 4.8hp engines run on heavy fuel. “We’ve been all heavy fuel for the last 18 months,” says founder and managing director Craig Fletcher.

Founded in December 2007 with Shaun Addy and Tim Shires, Cubewano began as a start-up in Fletcher’s garage. “I saw an opening in the market for small engines to run on heavy fuel,” says Fletcher, who has designed engines for BMW, Lotus and others as a contract designer. The company has since moved on to a new office and 27 employees.

Cubewano exhibited with the MAA at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010.

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