Air Platforms

NRL introduces UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft into test fleet

03 June 2019

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) science and technology research squadron has added a new aircraft to its fleet in the guise of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter.

Unveiled by Scientific Development Squadron One (VXS-1) on 11 May, the Twin Otter is designated as the UV-18 in US military service.

The Twin Otter is a high-wing, twin turboprop, short take off/landing utility aircraft with fixed tricycle landing gear. According to VXS-1 commanding officer Commander Erik Thomas, the fact that the UV-18 is unpressurised simplifies modifications and this reduced the time needed to take research payloads into flight test.

The VXS-1 fleet already includes three NP-3C and P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, an RC-12 King Air, and 12 TigerShark unmanned air systems.

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