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Locust USA, Inc, through its wholly-owned subsidiary UAV Turbines, Inc., a developer of advanced heavy-fuel microturbine propulsion and ground power systems, announced the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) by appointing four distinguished members from a variety of military and commercial sector backgrounds.
William T. "Tim" Crosby, Major General (R) has become Chairman of UAVT's SAB.
MG Crosby spent over 35 years in the Army in a variety of leadership roles. His last assignment in the Army was as the Program Executive Officer for Aviation in which he was responsible for all of the Army's aviation programs (both manned and unmanned).
Edward M. Harrington, Brigadier General (R) spent more than 30 years leading large organizations of up to 12,600+ people in the U.S. Army. BG Harrington has worked at every level of management in the huge U.S. military Standard Procurement System, responsible for acquisition of combat vehicles, artillery, small arms and personal protective systems.
James "Russ" Spray has a long and varied executive experience in aviation operations and management, executive administration, and contract negotiation. As the President and CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines NA, formerly Turbomeca USA and Turbomeca Canada, he oversaw the company's re-engining of the U.S. Coast Guard's Aerospatiale HH-65 Dolphins, ramp-up of production of Arriel 1E2 engines for the U.S. Army's UH-72A Lakotas, and the selection by Bell Helicopter of its Arrius 2R to power the new 505 Jet Ranger X.
Rusty Weiger served the government more than 30 years, the last 7 with PEO Aviation as the Deputy Program Executive Officer.
Privately owned UAVT is focused on the research, design, and development of quiet, lightweight, fuel efficient microturbines that run on heavy fuels for use in UAV propulsion systems and portable ground power applications.
The Company recently announced it has entered into a $19 million Technology Investment Agreement (TIA) with the U.S. Army as part of its "Reliable Advanced Small Power Systems (RASPS) Technology Demonstration" program whose overall objective is to develop a 200 shp class advanced technology engine to technical readiness level (TRL) 6.