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US Army picks partner for SBIR study into low-signature frontline logistics

28th January 2021 - 10:32 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Logos Technologies is researching refinements and modifications to its Parahawk hybrid-electric parafoil.

Logos Technologies has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Army to study signature reduction technologies for powered parafoil airdrop or cargo delivery systems.

Logos will use its unmanned hybrid-electric ParaHawk work as a baseline solution for this study.

Developed and demonstrated in 2015, Parahawk is designed to carry up to 200lb (90.7kg) of payload without emitting a loud acoustic signature.

In Phase I of the SBIR contract, Logos will identify, test, and demonstrate multiple approaches for practical radar, optical, IR and further acoustic signature reduction.

‘In subsequent phases, technologies will be demonstrated that enhance the [Parahawk] platform’s combination of simplicity, large payload, and long endurance,’ Logos added.

Logos announced on 26 January that its powered parafoil ‘can also carry sensor and communications payloads for long-endurance operations’ such as force protection, ISR, and communications missions, using different materials and configurations.

Doug Rombough, VP of business development at Logos Technologies, said: ‘There are many scenarios where a powered paraglider would be superior to an unpowered airdrop in getting supplies to the warfighter.’

As such aircraft can take off from unimproved or improvised runways in small clearings — and given their aerial manoeuvrability — ‘powered paragliders allow for an even larger set of CONOPS to be developed’, he added.

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