Dunlop rolls out wheels for Taranis

Dunlop Aerospace will supply wheel and braking systems for the UK’s experimental robot aircraft Taranis.

The Coventry-based company was selected by BAE Systems, which is leading the project to develop the £124m unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator.

Dunlop Aerospace will deliver its equipment to BAE next year, with flight trials due to begin in 2010.

Taranis will be the most ambitious UAV yet built in the UK, and will demonstrate the potential of robot aircraft for the country’s armed forces. Other project partners include Qinetiq, Rolls-Royce and Smiths Aerospace.

Dunlop Aerospace said it had already successfully tested its electric e-brake systems on a UAV. ‘Unmanned air vehicles are an important part of the future for aviation,’ said managing director David Johnson. ‘Dunlop Aerospace has some very exciting technology for this type of aircraft.’