Army, Marine Corps developing UAV for faster, safer resupply missions
If you’ve ever wanted to call in a request for more supplies and have a UAV zip across the battlefield to you, Army researchers are working to make that happen.
Today, if a unit’s mission changes, there are just a few options to receive a particular weapon system, extra equipment or supplies. A convoy can be sent out to deliver the suppliles, troops can walk back to get what they need, or they can submit a request to the supporting aviation unit for an air drop.
An unmanned aerial technology — such as a hoverbike — will provide supplies faster and more safely, officials said.
“Maneuver units are seeing things like quad copters and Amazon delivering via drones, and they say, ‘Hey, what about me? I want that on my battlefield,’” said Robert Forrester, technical manager for the joint tactical aerial resupply vehicle program, or JTARV, at Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.
The JTARV program is a joint effort with many of the Army’s labs, including the Army Research Laboratory and Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, and the Marine Corps. Continue reading about what the Army, Marine Corps are developing.