The US Army Command has decided to change its approach to supplying its units with ammunition and provisions. It is now planned to use unmanned aerial vehicles for these purposes. The innovation is relevant to remote garrisons and units conducting operations at a distance from the main units. The use of drones is supposed to make the delivery of the necessary cargoes as fast as possible.
In confirmation of this, a tender for the supply of drones was made public. All interested companies may take part in it. Bids will be accepted until February 12, 2021. Delivery of transport drones into service is not planned before 2026. During this time, the army must fully “test out” this method of delivering weapons and food for its soldiers.
The military will have rather strict specialized requirements for the proposed drones. They aim to make the drones reliable and easy to maintain. So, with a mass of no more than 590 kg, they should carry at least 363 kg of payload. They must have a range of at least 177 km and be ready to fly in no more than 15 minutes after the decision to take off.
Besides, future military cargo drones must be “able” to carry out takeoff and landing operations in fully automatic mode and perform autonomous flight according to a set route even in a mode of jamming navigation systems signals. Their design should have a modular principle. It is worth mentioning that similar projects already exist in the armies of other developed countries.