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UK to accelerate heavy lift UAS technology development

15th August 2022 - 14:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


The T-650 heavy lift UAV can carry payloads up to 300Kg. (Photo: BAE Systems)

The UK has released new details about how it intends on examining heavy lift class UAS platforms and technologies.

The UK MoD has drawn up plans to invest in new heavy lift class UAS technologies to be used predominately in the maritime domain.

Under the Uncrewed Air Systems Heavy Lift Capability (UASHLC) Framework, one or more aircraft are to be selected and their development accelerated as a means for the RN to access ‘current and future emerging cutting-edge capabilities,’ according to an 8 August contract notice.

Funding will be initially allocated to industry ‘with the intention’ that solutions under consideration achieve a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) benchmark, said a RN spokesperson on background.

‘Products that achieve MVP will then

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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