Royal Marines explore use of supply UAVs
Royal Marines on deployment with the RN Littoral Strike Group (Experimentation) have been trialling heavy-lift UAVs in the logistics role, the UK MoD announced on 4 November.
In Cyprus, Royal Marine Commandos experimented with Malloy Aeronautics T-150 quadcopter UAVs that are capable of transporting more than 60kg of ammunition resupplies over distances up to 70km.
The CONOPS is for the UAVs to operate from ships or land bases directly to the front line, to deliver ammunition, food and personal supplies.
In June, the MoD noted that the RN NavyX autonomy and lethality accelerator was working with the RN Discover, Analysis and Rapid Exploitation team plus Planck Aerosystems and Malloy Aeronautics to develop UAVs ‘for the purpose of moving supplies onto ships’.
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