UAV Airframes

UAV Airframe

Marshall has developed a reputation for a proactive and dynamic approach to the full design, processing and prototyping of airframes for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, building on a pedigree of our T67 Firefly Light Training aircraft – the first all-composite airframe to be CAA certified in the late 1970s. Through the use of out-of-autoclave prepreg materials and CNC-machined, low-cost tooling, we ensure a cost-effective solution to airframe development in short timescales. Fully approved under EASA Part 21G and 21J, we are able to take concept to prototype in under 10 months in readiness for certification.

With the capability to bring together a complete team of airframe design, process, manufacture and test specialists, all supported by dedicated project managers, Marshall provides a single point of contact for UAV airframe programmes. We also manage smaller projects, such as sub-assemblies, to the same exacting standards as more complex, complete airframe development programmes.

Experience

HERTI Airframe

Working closely with our customers, we have developed a number of UAV airframes to a range of specifications. The Herti airframe was designed, manufactured and tested for BAE Systems in just seven months with an airframe structure fully approved to EASA standards. The Mantis programme included the manufacture of a 24 metre-long carbon wing featuring detachable wingtips, empennage and control surfaces, and the whole project was completed in just 10 months. The Raven UAV and its successor, Corax, were also prototyped in an incredibly short timescale, thanks to Marshall’s use of out-of-autoclave materials to produce the airframe structure. Our work on these UAV programmes has been recognised through awards from BAE Systems and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Our understanding of the aerospace industry, coupled with our expertise in composite design, manufacture and test, ensures we bring valuable insight to every programme we undertake. We are able to provide support at every stage and bring everything together into a single programme, completely managed by our team. This, combined with our flexible approach and proven speed to market, makes us the development specialists for new unmanned air vehicle platforms.