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UV-18 Twin Otter – Navy – VXS-1

UV-18 Twin Otter

Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1) operates a UV-18 Twin Otter research aircraft to support science and technology development projects.  The low speed, low altitude flight envelope as well as its small support footprint have enabled this low cost platform to be operated from remote locations across the North American continent. 
UV-18 features include:
            Two bubble windows (port & starboard)
            Two zenith ports
            Nose compartment camera port/turret mount and smaller nadir port
            Large aft fuselage cutout (27.5” x 36”)
            Removable wing pylons
            Sonobuoy/dropsonde deployment chute 
            Dedicated power distribution system
Additionally, the cargo door is equipped with hard-points for antenna installation via an external truss. The open architecture design of the aircraft interior with mounting rails and project power distribution system enable the aircraft to be uniquely configured according to project requirements.

Point(s) of Contact:
VXS-1 Project Director
LCDR Brandon J. Adams
Work: (301)-342-3504
E-mail: Brandon.j.adams@navy.mil
VXS-1 Project Liaison Officer
Mr. Stephen Rorke
Work: (301)-342-4945
E-mail: stephen.rorke@navy.mil

Naval Research Laboratory
Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1)
Conventional fixed-wing, twin-turboprop, unpressurized cabin
5.5 hours (payload and weather dependent)
Useful Payload: 
1,500 lbs
Gross Take-off Weight: 
12,500 lbs
Onboard Operators: 
Max Altitude: 
Air Speed: 
166 knots
500 Nmi
1 Phase 60Hz 115VAC, 28VDC