AI News, Marines Plan New Test Flights for Battlefield Delivery Drones

Marines Plan New Test Flights for Battlefield Delivery Drones

“In some cases, Silent Arrowmay be replacing resupply by ground vehicle convoy, and in some cases by parachute drop,” says Chip Yates, founder and CEO of the Yates Electrospace Corporation.“We have seen a number of drone delivery concepts and ideas that use quad-rotors limited to less than 10 pounds [4.5 kilograms] of payload, but have not encountered any other legitimate, funded air delivery capability that achieves this level of performance for the price point of Silent Arrow.” Such precise aerial resupply offers huge advantages over truck convoys that could come under attack from insurgents or fall prey to the roadside bombs that have proven deadly to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The goal is foreach single-use, disposable glider drone to achieve a per unit cost of significantly less than $10,000, and possibly even less than $5,000 if the Silent Arrow drones reach mass production, Yates explained.When packed up, theSilent Arrow drones can fit inside abox that is 2.5 meters long, 0.6 meters wide and 0.6 meters high.

The Yates Electrospace Corporation contract calls for 10 Silent Arrow prototypes to undergo flight trials suchas surviving the impact of a water landing, undergoing flight controland autopilot testing, and going through both tow testing and drop testing for improved gliding and flight performance.

Electric aircraft start-up tests disposable UAV glider for USMC

Teams off US Marines on remote bases could be re-supplied in the future with 'disposable' unmanned gliders toting up to 454kg (1,000lb) of cargo each.

“By removing the electric powertrain from our Silent Arrow product line, we will meet all performance requirements at unprecedented unit costs for such a capable air delivery asset,” says chief executive and founder Chip Yates.

The MCWL called for a disposable glider that could deploy from Lockheed Martin C-130, Bell Boeing MV-22 and Sikorsky CH-53 aircraft and deliver a payload of up to 317kg to within 45.7m (150ft) of the targeted delivery point.

During the 2017 AUVSI Xponential show, army and marine corps leaders expressed the need for aircraft that could take away the need to carry mission equipment and emergency resupply, from water bottles to packets of blood.

YEC’s Silent Arrow UAS selected for USMC flight test programme

The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) has awarded a new contract to the Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC) to trial its Silent Arrow line of autonomous cargo aircraft as part of a 12-month Phase II flight test programme.

YEC chief executive officer Chip Yates said: “By removing the electric powertrain from our Silent Arrow product line, we will meet all performance requirements at unprecedented unit costs for such a capable air delivery asset.

The Silent Arrow aircraft is anticipated to reduce current resupply costs by an order of magnitude, while not compromising the position of the personnel being resupplied via excess noise or the need to recover or retain the delivery platform.

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